Asteroid 9770, Discovery, was discovered on March 1, 1993 by Takeshi Urata at the Nihondaira Observatory at Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan. It has a period of 3 years, 164 days.

It was named after the NASA space shuttle Discovery and after the fictional spaceship, properly called Discovery One, that took David Bowman to Saturn's moon Iapetus in Arthur Clarke's 1969 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and to Jupiter in the classic Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name.

The space shuttle Discovery

Discovery One

The meaning of asteroid Discovery seems to be what its name suggests: discovery (Henk Middelraad), spirit of discovery, to make a discovery.

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