Leonard Nimoy’s Legacy Lives On in the Asteroid Belt
On June 2, 2015 a small asteroid – 4864 Nimoy – was named for Leonard Nimoy who played the fictional Mr. Spock in Star Trek. Credit: NASA/JPL
“Fascinating, Captain.” If he were alive today, Leonard Nimoy, who played the half Vulcan-half human Mr. Spock in the Star Trek TV and movies series, would undoubtedly have raised an eyebrow and uttered a signature “fascinating” at the news this week that an asteroid now bears his name.
4864 Nimoy, a mountain-sized rock roughly 6 miles (10 km) across, orbits the Sun once every 3.9 years within the inner part of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Vulcan, er Jupiter. (…)
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