Discovered by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.
Named in honour of the first Canadian satellite. Alouette-1 was launched on 1962-09-29. It was engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere, especially the ionosphere. During its six-year lifespan it returned the first useful data on the ionosphere.
Reference: MPC 41571