UCF Asteroid

Dr. Harold Reitsema

Dr. Harold ReitsemaDr. Harold Reitsema, a well-known astronomer who is part of a bold mission to find, map and track dangerous asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

The Sentinel Mission is a project of the B612 Foundation, a private organization. Reitsema is also a consultant to NASA, science institutions and the aerospace industry with a specialty in mission planning.

He also sits on review boards for several NASA science missions including the Kepler Space Observatory project searching for Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars similar to the Sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope project and the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Reitsema also discovered moons orbiting other planets including Larissa, the fifth moon of Neptune. He’s also made significant technological contributions that have helped produced the accurate color images taken in space.

The Michigan native has a Ph.D. in astronomy from New Mexico State University and is a member of the American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the International Astronomical Union; and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Asteroid 13327 Reitsema is named in recognition of his contributions to Planetary Science.