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’Insensitive’ nicknames for cosmic objects dropped by NASA

’Insensitive’ nicknames for cosmic objects dropped by NASA

NASA announced that it would be undertaking a review and re-examination of its naming system. The space agency also reported that it had retired the names ’Eskimo Nebula’ and ’Siamese Twins Galaxy’. Maintaining that such names are ’offensive’, NASA said ’Often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science.’

Avi Khait
Avi Khait
Madam I'm Adam
Madam I'm Adam 1 months

Well, thank God NASA is there to be offended on behalf of those who most likely were unaware of these names and probably couldn't care less about them. Truly, the world has been improved, now that the Eskimo nebula will be known as a string of letters and numbers. I know I'll sleep better at night.

Timothy 1 months

Why is NASA limiting its virtue signalling to humans.If they want to go full “AOC” or as a forthcoming Hollywood Movie calls it “Total Retard” Perhaps they should track down the descendants of the first primate astronaut who was Albert, a rhesus macaque, who on June 11, 1948, rode to over 63 km (39 mi) on a V-2 rocket. Albert died of suffocation during the flight. It’s time for Alberts family to be compensated.

Unity2020 1 months

Ok but the examples they are giving (Eskimo galaxy) isn’t necessarily offensive. I know that many people actually identify as Eskimo. Perhaps it’s just another white HR liberal that’s taking offense and acting as a savior for the native Alaskans?

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 1 months

All the alien species will be impressed, I'm sure. Maybe that was the only thing keeping them from announcing themselves to us.

TheDadJokeGuy 1 months

I'm only upset because I'm probably never gonna get the names right again. I'll be stuck on the originals and I'll have to correct myself, because you know they're not changing it back

Robert 1 months

I have always thought Uranus was offensive. 😝🤦🏻‍♂️

Inappropriate Name
Inappropriate Name 1 months

This is like hammering the dicks off of statues.

Anony 1 months

Alternate title: NASA decides to refer to objects by their catalog number instead of the laymen's names, news at 11.

MikeH 1 months

What's the use in commenting on this example of another government agency surrendering to the political correctness police. Everybody, by now, knows that you cannot take a chance on offending ANYBODY. Face it, anything you say or do will offend somebody somewhere. Even if you stay inside except for essential supply runs, never answer your phone and stay off the internet, someone will be offended by your isolation.

Tim 1 months

Would be cool if they named an unstable and bright solar system White Fragility.

Seekster 1 months

Nobody cared.

frenn 1 months

If anyone seriously cares or offended by this, go suck on a lemon

Lord Flashheart
Lord Flashheart 1 months

Well astronomers better stop naming planets and systems they discover. They could be offending the strong and brave beings that live there.

Jaye Muller
Jaye Muller 1 months

They are surely detracting from the science by doing nonsense like this. I feel offended by that move!

ben 1 months

lest we forget for the dominant types here that don't read: Many of these objects were named internationally over the last few hundred years (see Messier for clarification) and were names of their times...times of ignorance. Good on NASA for taking a Jim crow-bar to previously ignorantly named celestial objects. I guess Ya'll are waiting for the Virginia battle flag Nebula to be re-named? (hint: there isn't one)

Robo 1 months

How far NASA has fallen. Pathetic.

Robert_Clearwater 1 months

Racist cosmic nicknames...... did anybody have racist cosmic nicknames on their 2020 bingo?

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