Klim Churyumov, Soviet and Ukrainian astronomer, Died at 79

Klim Ivanovich Churyumov was born on February 19, 1937, and died on October 15, 2016.

He was a Soviet and Ukrainian astronomer.

He served as The Director of the Kiev Planetarium, member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the International Astronomical Union, of the New York Academy of Sciences, editor of the magazine “Our Skies” (Ukrainian: Наше Небо) in 2006-2009, president of the Ukrainian Society of amateur astronomy and author of books for children.

Some time in 1969 he discovered, with Svetlana Gerasimenko, the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko; on 12 November 2014 the Rosetta space mission successfully landed its Philae spacecraft on its surface.

He died while travelling to Kharkiv.

Klim Churyumov passed awat at 79 years old.