Asteroid (172996) Stooke

Designations: 2006 KL141, 2003 WU57, 2007 VY20.
Philip John Stooke (b. 1952-03-15) is an associate professor in Geography at the University of Western Ontario. Stooke studies planetary surfaces, in particular the history of planetary exploration and mapping, the cartography of non-spherical worlds and the location of lunar and planetary landing sites. Stooke was educated at Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, and at the University of Victoria (B.Sc., Ph.D.). Phil Stooke developed an early interest in space exploration and planetary mapping during the Apollo lunar landings, when he used publicly-available images to produce maps of the landing sites for Apollo 12 and Apollo 16. Stooke subsequently used Viking orbiter images of the martian moon Phobos to make the definitive reference map for that world. With that work and subsequent work on asteroids such as (253) Mathilde, (243) Ida and (433) Eros as well as for smaller moons of the outer planets, Stooke is developing the refined cartographic tools for mapping non-spherical worlds. Stooke has also compiled the International Atlas of Lunar Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2007), a premier reference work on the exploration of the moon to date. He continues to pursue similar deeply-researched works on the exploration of Venus, Mercury and Mars.
Name proposed and citation prepared by Paul Wiegert, Phil J.A. McCausland, David L. Clark and Peter Jedicke.

Reference: MPC 63175

2006 KL141 et al
Disc. Date: 
Wiegert, P.A.
Disc. Place: 
Mauna Kea