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Andersson, Leif 1944-1979, Swedish planetary astronomer who made notable contributions to the early study of Pluto including early predications of Pluto-Charon mutual events. Used on the Moon
Brinton, Henry C. 1935-2005, US scientist and NASA administrator pivotal to funding many early Pluto mission studies.
Coradini, Angioletta 1946-2011, Italian planetary scientist.
Coughlin, Thomas B. 1941-2014, US, first project manager for the New Horizons mission to Pluto.
Davies, Merton 1917-2001, US planetary cartographer. Used on Mars
Drake, Michael 1946-2011, US/British planetary scientist and chair of the Solar System Exploration Committee in 2000 when a competed Pluto mission was recommended to NASA.
Edgeworth, Kenneth 1880-1972, British astronomer, early speculator about what became the Kuiper Belt.
Elliot, James 1943-2011, US planetary scientist who discovered and then studied Pluto’s atmosphere by occultation techniques.
Farinella, Paolo 1953-2000, Italian astronomy, focused on small body dynamics, tidal evolution of Pluto & Charon Added 22 March
Galeev, Alec Soviet/Russian planetary scientist.
Giclas, Henry 1910-2007, US planetary scientist.
Greeley, Ronald 1939-2011, US planetary scientist.
Guest, John 1938-2012, US planetary scientist renowned for geological mapping.
Harrington, Robert 1942-1993, US astronomer and the co-discoverer of Pluto’s largest satellite, Charon.
Hinners, Noel 1935-2014, US planetary scientist and NASA official responsible for many early solar system exploration missions
Hollis, Andrew J. 1947-2005, British astronomer, director of Minor Planets section of the BAA Added 21 March
Hunten, Donald 1925-2010, US planetary atmospheric scientist, who did pivotal work in Pluto’s atmospheric escape and who argued for a mission to Pluto
Khare, Bishun 1933-2013, US/Indian planetary scientist who specialized in the chemistry of atmospheres and of molecules relevant to biology.
Kowal, Charles 1940-2011, US planetary scientist who discovered the first Centaur, 2060 Chiron, a harbinger of the Kuiper Belt.
Kuiper, Gerard 1905-1973, Dutch-US planetary scientist. Used on Mars
Lampland, Carl 1873-1951, US astronomer who made numerous early observations of Pluto to refine its orbit. Used on the Moon
Lowell, Percival 1855-1916, US astronomer and the founder of Lowell Observatory in Arizona; he initiated the search that resulted in the discovery of Pluto.
Moore, Patrick 1923-2012, British astronomer and popularizer of astronomy, wrote a history of Pluto with Clyde Tombaugh.
Moroz, Vassili 1934-2004, Soviet/Russian planetary scientist. Used on Mars
Murray, Bruce 1931-2013, US planetary scientist and Jet Propulsion Laboratory official responsible for many early solar system exploration missions.
Oort, Jan 1900-1992, Dutch astronomer after whom the Oort cloud is named.
Pillinger, Colin 1943-2014, English planetary scientist who led the Beagle 2 robotic Mars expedition.
Pollack, James 1938-1994, US planetary scientist specializing in atmospheric studies of the planets and satellites of the solar system, early member of Pluto mission study teams. Used on Mars
Pulfrich, Carl 1858-1927, German astronomer, invented the blink comparator, the instrument Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto. Added 25 March
Safronov, Viktor 1917-1999, Russian planetary theorist who made pivotal contributions to understanding the formation of planets.
Shoemaker, Eugene 1928-1997, US planetary scientist and original New Horizons imaging team lead. Used on the Moon
Simonelli, Damon 1958-2004, US planetary scientist who conducted research into Pluto’s interior, and the shapes and physical properties of small satellites.
Slater, David 1957-2011, US physicist, New Horizons science team member, the designer of the Alice ultraviolet spectrographs aboard Rosetta, New Horizons, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Slipher, Vesto 1875-1969, US astronomer and director of Lowell Observatory at the time of Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto. Used on Mars
Smith, Harlan 1924-1991, US planetary scientist and director of McDonald Observatory where numerous groundbased astronomical studies of Pluto were undertaken.
Soffen, Gerald 1926-2000, US planetary scientist and NASA official responsible for many early solar system exploration missions. Used on Mars
Thompson, W. Reid 1952-1996, US planetary scientist who specialized in studies of Titan and other worlds in the Jovian and Saturnian systems.
Tombaugh, Clyde 1906-1997, US astronomer who discovered Pluto.
Urey, Harold 1893-1981, US astronomer and planetary scientist. Used on the Moon
Young, Richard 1943-2013, US planetary scientist specializing in atmospheric studies of the planets and satellites of the solar system, early member of Pluto mission study teams.