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Asteroids named after 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell fire

Created: 07/01/2014 6:35 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News

Tuesday was the 1st anniversary of the tragedy in Arizona that took the life of 19 firefighters.

In a small way to honor the sacrifices of these men and their families, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey operating at Apache Point observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, discovered many asteroids in our own solar system. With the discovery comes the right to name the asteroids once their orbits have been precisely determined. Over the last year, an asteroid for each of the 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell fire was named.

208915 Andrewashcraft
208916 Robertcaldwell
208917 Traviscarter
209148 Dustindeford
209149 Chrismackenzie
209209 Ericmarsh
210532 Grantmckee
210533 Seanmisner
201686 Scottnorris
210983 Wadeparker
211021 Johnpercin
211374 Anthonyrose
211375 Jessesteed
211376 Joethurston
211377 Travisturbyfill
211378 Williamwarneke
211379 Claytonwhitted
211380 Kevinwoyjeck
211381 Garretzuppiger

The basic data and citation for each of these asteroids can be found by going to the web site http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi and searching for either the number or the name.


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