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The catalog of asteroids discovered at Klet can be searched in two ways. In the first one, pick a starting letter of asteroid's name from the listed alphabet. In the second way, start writing an expression to search (diacritics is allowed), and after at least three letters are typed, the results are automatically listed. The search can also be performed only on asteroid names, catalogue numbers, date of discovery or names of the discoverers.
Discovered by 4.03.1983 by A. Mrkos on Klet observatory
MPC 34623 (4.05.1999)
Named in honor of Michael Collins (b. 1930), U.S. astronaut. In 1966 he served as pilot of the Gemini 10 mission. In 1969 he was assigned to Apollo 11 as the command-module pilot. While Armstrong and Aldrin took their first walk on the lunar surface, Collins flew a lonely lifeguard assignment for more than 24 hours, waiting for them to launch their lunar craft and rejoin him in lunar orbit. This minor planet commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the first manned lunar-landing mission. Name suggested by J. Tichá, M. Tichý and Z. Moravec, who observed this minor planet at its 1995 opposition, just prior to numbering.