In what could possibly take the title of Low Hanging Fruit of the Year, someone recently asked Twitter users to come up with a new name for a probe towards Uranusand, well, what happens next won’t shock anyone – but it’s hilarious.
Before we get to the rave and viral response, let’s go back for a moment.
ExploreIGO is a Twitter fan account devoted to promoting the giant Ice planets of our solar system, namely Neptune and Uranus. This account often posts pictures and memes of the two planets and their pinned tweet is a plea space community to send missions to the frozen blocks in the name of exploration.
It should be noted that there are currently no scheduled probes heading to Uranus, but NASA scientists voted last year to create the blue planet. NASA’s Top Priority over the next decade by developing a mission to Uranus, whose spacecraft could include an orbiter and a probe.
That brings us to tweet in question.
Last Saturday, ExploreIGO asked its community “What would you name the #Uranus Probe & Orbiter Mission?”
We all know what happens next…
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“What about the planetary orbiter? AKA The POOP,” suggested one respondent. “Beginning of the Uranus Mission… Amazing sight in space,” another posted.
Overall, the original post received thousands of suggestions – some silly, but some really thought-provoking and based on science or mythology. You know, the names NASA can actually consider.
Many people recommend naming the Uranus probe Olympus, Odin, or even MUSE for the Uranus Science Expeditions. Some suggest the names of historical figures in the space community, such as Lassel, Kuiper, and Earhart.
While the scientific community seems immature to talk about pranks on the planets they explore, some scientists say it’s actually been helpful in getting their work in front of many people. more object.
“I think it’s good to be involved in my work in any way,” University of California astronomy doctoral candidate Ned Molter told Futurism last year.
“Are jokes okay really tiring and repetitive? Totally possible,” added Molter. “I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed at all. It starts a conversation. “
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Heidi Hammel, a distinguished astronomer with the Institute of Space Science and Planetary Society and a leading expert on Neptune and Uranus, told the paper that NASA is quite sensitive to the word “probe” ” and how it relates to Uranus.
“I am really worried that it will be difficult to actually get a mission to study this planet because I think that NASA will be sensitive to these headlines and to all the ridicule they will receive. if they want to get a mission to this planet,” she said.
“We really wanted to send atmospheric probes, and we call them probes, and couldn’t separate it from the whole aliens probing humans… Maybe we’ll come. Neptune to not have to worry about the whole . “
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