An asteroid will be named after actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in Star Trek, three months after he passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. The Minor Planet Center announced on June 2 that it has named a 6-mile-wide asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter 4864 Nimoy in honor of the iconic actor.
There is actually an asteroid in an asteroid belt named 2309 Mr. Spock since 1971, though the astronomer who discovered it named it after his kitty cat. This asteroid was discovered in 1988 by Henri Debehogne, a Belgian astronomer, and it was originally named 1988RA5.
4864 Nimoy is part of the inner part of the belt, orbiting the sun every 3.9 years. Live long and prosper.