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NEOWISE Asteroid Named After A True Heroine

By Keith Cowing
May 26, 2016
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NEOWISE Asteroid Named After A True Heroine

Asteroid Named for Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, NASA
“An asteroid discovered by NASA’s NEOWISE spacecraft has been given the formal designation 316201 Malala, in honor of Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The asteroid’s previous appellation was 2010 ML48. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) renamed the asteroid as the request of Amy Mainzer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Mainzer is the principal investigator of NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope.”

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