Asteroids named for diverse group of 27 trailblazing astronauts

A group of astronauts who are trailblazers for their respective ethnicities are now true “rock stars,” having asteroids named for them.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center, which oversees the designation of small bodies in the solar system, recently released the list of official asteroid names honoring 27 space travelers of African American, Hispanic and Native American descent. The namesakes include active and former NASA astronauts, U.S. Air Force astronaut candidates and one Soviet-era cosmonaut.

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