Gaspra


Asteroid 951, Gaspra, was discovered on July 30, 1916 by Grigory Neujmin at Simeis, Ukraine. It has a period of 3 years, 104 days and is 12.2 kilometers (about seven-and-a-half miles) in diameter. It has the distinction of being the first asteroid approached by a spacecraft (the unmanned NASA probe Galileo, in 1991).

It was named for a resort town, Gaspra, Ukraine, in the Crimea, where Lev Tolstoy liked to go.

The Crimean resort town of Gaspra

The meaning of asteroid Gaspra seems to be: restrictions imposed, struggling.



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