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] PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mister Rogers now has an asteroid
] named in his honor.
] "Misterrogers,'' formerly known as No. 26858, honors Fred
] Rogers, creator and host of public television's "Mister
] Rogers' Neighborhood.'' Rogers died Feb. 27 at age 74.
] "I doubt that there are many who have not been touched in
] some way by the life and work of Fred Rogers,'' said John
] G. Radzilowicz, director of the Henry Buhl Jr.
] Planetarium & Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center,
] which made the announcement Thursday.
] The science center worked with Family Communications
] Inc., the production company Rogers founded, to produce a
] planetarium show for preschoolers called ``The Sky Above
] Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.'' The show now plays at 15
] planetariums across the country.
] "Misterrogers'' can be found between the orbits of Mars
] and Jupiter, and is about 218 million miles from the sun,
] which it takes about 3 1/2 years to orbit. It was
] discovered in 1993 by E.F. Helin at the Palomar
] Observatory in California
Asteroid Is Named in Mister Rogers' Honor