(21785) Méchain = 1999 SS2  (M\'echain in TeX)
Discovered 1999 September 21 by M. Tichý at Kleť.
 Pierre Francois André Méchain (1744-1804) discovered many comets and deep-sky objects. A colleague and friend of Messier, he contributed much to Messier's catalogue of nebulae. Much of Méchain's career involved geodetic measurements along the Paris meridian, with the idea of defining the meter.
 (MPC 46012 | 2002 June 24)


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