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Richard "Rick" Grammier
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Richard "Rick" Grammier
(1955 - 2011)
Director for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Rick (left) celebrates Deep Impact's successful encounter with comet Tempel 1 in 2005.

Asteroid 18728 Grammier

This asteroid was named in honor of Richard ("Rick") S. Grammier (1955-2011) was director of solar system exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He worked as manager or project manager on missions such as Cassini, Stardust, Deep Impact and Juno.

It was discovered on 22 May 1998 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station.

Diagram showing position of asteroid in comparison to the planets.
18728 Grammier (1998 KZ3)

Last Updated: 3 January 2013

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