Asteroid 14917, Taco, was discovered on January 8, 1994 by the Spacewatch project at Kitt Peak Observatory near Sells, Arizona. Taco has a period of 4 years, 289 days.

It was named for Kenneth Dale "Taco" Cockrell (born in 1950), a NASA shuttle astronaut.

Kenneth "Taco" Cockrell

The taco, a corn or flour tortilla filled with cooked ground beef, chopped onions and tomatoes, and cheese, is a popular Tex-Mex dish often served at fast-food restaurants and sometimes disparaged as unauthentic as far as Mexican cuisine goes. Taco Bell's famous Chihuahua dog, who barked Yo quiero Taco Bell (I want Taco Bell) in the fast-food chain's commercials, became an instant cultural icon but was criticized because human actors of Hispanic ancestry had difficulty finding work befitting their talent (at least in roles not reflecting racial stereotypes) on major US network TV shows.

Tio taco is an insult among American Hispanics synonymous with "Uncle Tom."

This seems to inform the meaning of asteroid Taco: turning against others to fit in, ingratiate oneself or succeed; collaboration with those regarded as the enemy; lack of authenticity or sincerity; need to determine where one's best interest lies., possibly Mexican food.

A 19th-century engraving of Uncle Tom's cabin from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Clarence Thomas

Infamously anti-civil-rights black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948, in Savannah, Georgia) has Taco sextile Neptune (delusion, confusion) and quincunx Pallas (politics) and Pelion (tough, refusing to help).

Ward Connerly

Ward Connerly (born June 15, 1939, in Leesville, Louisiana), a successful businessman, California board of education member and prominent black affirmative-action opponent, has Taco sextile Dioretsa, trine Pelion (life is tough; cynicism) and Cyllarus (greed, empowerment) and opposite Deucalion (hard-hearted).

Vidkun Quisling

Right-wing Norwegian politician Vidkun Quisling (born July 18, 1887 in Fyresdal, Norway), who collaborated with the Nazi German occupiers of his country during World War II by heading a puppet government, had Taco at 10 Taurus sextile Rhadamanthus (in a supervisory position), square Mercury, and trine Venus.

Benedict Arnold (born January 25, 1741, in Norwich, Connecticut) had Taco at 10 Taurus square Quaoar (to create, to suffer) and opposite Okyrhoe (to suffer attacks).

Wladyslaw Gomulka (born February 6, 1905, in Bialobrzegi, Poland), who headed a Communist government in Poland from after World War II to 1970 that answered to the Kremlin, had Taco at 16 Sagittarius sextile the Sun.

Anti-feminist Phyllis Schafly has Taco at 3 Sagittarius in the sixth house of service (and health), conjunct the Descendant, and square Mars (aggression) and Hermes (intellect, communication).

Glen Bell (born September 3, 1923, in Los Angeles), founder of Taco Bell and a popularizer of Tex-Mex food in the US, has Taco at 18 Libra, conjunct Saturn (work, career, rewards) and Vesta (dedication), sextile Neptune (vision), and opposite Chiron (a door-opener, a maverick) and Pelion (working with others, doing what is necessary to stay in the game).

The glyph for Taco is mine.

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