(6075) Zajtsev

Reference work entry

1976 GH2. Discovered 1976 Apr. 1 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in honor of Aleksandr Leonidovich Zajtsev (1945– ), staff member of the Moscow Institute of Radio Electronics, noted expert on radar observations of the planets. Under his leadership, observations of (4179) Toutatis were successfully carried out in December 1992 using the Evpatorian planetary radar, Crimea, as the signal transmitter and the radio telescope in Effelsberg, Germany, as the receiver of the radar echo from the minor planet’s surface. Zajtsev is also responsible for initiating the world’s first intercontinental radar astronomy experiment, Goldstone to Evpatoria observations of (6489) 1991 JX {now (6489) Golevka} in June 1995. (M 25445)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy.

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