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Planet Number 26740 Named After Fil-Am Harvard Student Martin Ayalde Camacho

A minor planet numbered 26740 has been named after Filipino-American student Martin Ayalde Camacho of Central High School, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA after winning the top prize in the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

Camacho is now a freshman at Harvard College on a US presidential scholarship as one of the 141 outstanding high school seniors who composed the US Presidential Scholars Class of 2010.

He was given the recognition due to his achievements as the first place award winner in the Intel ISEF, a high school science competition of the Society for Science and the Public and Intel Foundation.

The planet was discovered by the LINEAR Program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory.

The award was announced recently by Dr. Grant H. Stokes, head of the Aerospace Division and principal investigator of the LINEAR Program.

The awardee is the son of University of the Philippines alumni Godofredo T. Camacho Jr. and Patricia V. Ayalde who are based in St. Paul, Minnesota.