Gulak


Asteroid 23722, Gulak, was discovered on April 20, 1998 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team (LINEAR) in Socorro. It has a period of 3 years, 162 days.

It was named for a teenage 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair contestant, Benjamin Poss Gulak (born 1989), originally of Milton, Ontario, Canada, inventor of the Uno and DTV Shredder and founder of Massachusetts-based BPG Motors.

Ben Gulak

The surname Gulak sounds similar to the word "gulag," which is of Russian origin and entered the English language through Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1973 book The Gulag Archipelago. It refers to abusive prison camps run by governments with little or no respect for human rights holding prisoners of conscience, or more specifically, such camps in Soviet Russia. Originally, it was the Soviet government agency that ran these camps from 1930 to 1960, Glavnoye upravleniye ispravityelno-trudovykh lagerey i koloniy (Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Settlements), called by the acronym GULAG.

The meaning of asteroid Gulak seems to be: having to do with hearing (Peter Standaart), to heed, unjust imprisonment or other unjust treatment. It might also be a name asteroid for people named Gulak or relate to electric vehicles such as the Uno or all-terrain vehicles, particularly all-season vehicles such as the DTV Shredder.



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