Press Release

Rock Star: Asteroid Named after APL’s Carolyn Ernst

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:37

After years of studying asteroids, Carolyn Ernst now has one of the big space rocks named after her.

The International Astronomical Union and Minor Planet Center have approved the name “Ernst” for the asteroid designated 11008, honoring the contributions of the Space Exploration Sector planetary scientist. The name, along with several others honoring scientists from around the world, was announced recently at the 2017 Asteroids-Comets-Meteors meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay.

“I’ve been fascinated by the solar system since I was a kid, so it’s both humbling and awesome that my name now has a permanent place in it,” Ernst said. “I’m very thankful for this honor.”