Soviet and Ukrainian astronomer Klim Churyumov, co-discoverer of the comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko, died on the first day of the weekend in Ukraine, in the 80th year of his life, said in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU).
"With deep sorrow we inform you that fifteen of October 2016 on 80-m to year of life died a famous Ukrainian scientist, researcher and a discoverer of comets, a great lover of life, corresponding member of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor, doctor of physico-mathematical Sciences Churyumov Klim Ivanovich ", - the letter NAN news Agency.
Soviet and Ukrainian astronomer Churyumov was born 19 Feb 1937 in Nikolaev. He was a corresponding member of NASU, full member of the new York Academy of Sciences, Director of the Kiev planetarium, President of the Ukrainian society of Amateur astronomers. In September 1969, Churyumov together With graduate student Svetlana Gerasimenko at the time of observation of the comet comas Sola made a photo, which turned out to be another unknown Comet named after their discoverers - " Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko ". Later, in 1986, Churyumov opened the 2nd comet called " Comet Churyumov-Solodovnikov ". 2 March 2004 From Kourou was launched into space by the European space probe Rosetta. The main objective of the probe was research of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The automatic station took over 10 years to fly to the object under study. During this period of time the probe has overcome in outer space more than 6, 4 billion miles, a few times closer to other celestial bodies, to the destination, arrived in 2014 and before this year was in the orbit of the comet. Completed his mission he on September 30. In may it was announced that the instruments of the probe Rosetta found on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko amino acid glycine and preform other "blocks of life" – methylamine and ethylamine, whose presence speaks in favor of the fact that comets were the main providers for the Earth.