An asteroid named after late James Bond actor Sean Connery

Year 2020 is among the worst years humanity has ever witnessed. COVID-19 took several lives and we also lost a number of celebrities including Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saroj Khan, Chadwick Boseman.

Recently, another icon – James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery – passed away. As the world mourned Sean Connery’s death, NASA made him immortal as an asteroid.

NASA revealed how Connery featured in the movie ‘Meteor’, in which he tried to save Earth from the threat of an impact from an asteroid.

Revealing that they have named the asteroid 13070 after Connery, NASA said in a tweet, “Sir Sean Connery starred in the movie “Meteor” where he led Nasa’s efforts to defend Earth against an asteroid impact threat… decades before Nasa appointed its first Planetary Defense Officer!”

Also, NASA shared a video on Twitter showing the asteroid floating in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The 1.5m survey telescope captured it on April 4, 2020. NASA added, “Thanks for everything, Sir Sean.”

E. W. Elst discovered the asteroid, which is 1.764 kilometres in diameter, on September 8, 1991 at Haute Provence.

NASA said, “Sean Connery (b. 1930) is a famous Scottish actor, well known from his James Bond films. With this minor planet, he is especially honoured for the magnificent performance of his role in The Name of the Rose.”

Connery, who was the first actor to play James Bond’s role, died at the age of 90 after feeling unwell for some days.