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Ultima Thule replaced to avoid Nazi link | Space



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  Ultima Thule looks like 2 snowballs together. It is pockmarked with craters.

Here's what used to be known as the 2014 MU69 – then briefly as Ultima Thule – and now as Arrokoth. It is about 19 miles (30 km) long, or about 1

/ 60th in diameter of Pluto. Photo by NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute / Spaceflight Insider.

Darn. Like many others, I really liked the name Ultima Thule for something on the fringes of our solar system, the furthest thing a spacecraft could have. The name is a mythological reference to a distant, mysterious land a place far and cold . The craft that visited it was, of course, New Horizons, the same craft that gave us amazing images of Pluto in 2015. Following the Pluto encounter, New Horizons pushed the Kuiper Belt, aiming to in something known for the original 2014 MU69, when space and public scientists decided it needed a new name. Shortly before the New Horizons encounter on January 1, 2019, they chose the name Ultima Thule. Then a reporter in Newsweek indicated that the Nazi party used the phrase Ultima Thule to define the mythology of the Aryan people. The term seems to have remained used by modern so-called fact groups. Now the thing is with a new name again. The name is now Arrokoth which means the heavens in Powhatan and Algonquian languages.

NASA held a naming ceremony in Washington DC yesterday (November 12, 2019), to give 2014 MU69 the new official name Arrokoth. The name was chosen based on the local Native American culture in Maryland, where the New Horizons mission control center is based.

A wealth of data from the New Horizons encounter with Arrokoth is still being returned from the Earth spacecraft for review. . Scientists used New Horizons cameras to detect its strange, double-lobed shape, suggesting a possible subtle collision of two objects in the past. Arrokoth also appears to be covered with methane or nitrogen ice, giving it a red tinge. on the mission of New Horizons who led the naming process, told Newsweek :

& # 39; Beyond the borders of the known world & # 39; – that's a good metaphor for what we're doing this year. [19659010] And it is. But fellowship with the Nazis and the alt-right seems to have led to apostasy. So the name changed.

I just read a very good book on the use of alt-right social media (Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation, by Andrew Marantz). In it, he describes how the right and white nationalist movement has rejected much of what the mainstream media calls "lies." They also have a huge attraction to political correctness.

One can only imagine alt -push-back continuing the alt-right media community today, changing this name.

  Antisocial book cover.

If you are interested in everyone in the alt-right and white nationalist movement. in the US, "Antisocial" by Andrew Marantz – a writer for the New Yorker – is an excellent, open-minded and very readable book. Here is its page on Amazon. NPR's fresh air interviewed Andrew Marantz yesterday. Listen to the interview here.

Invalid line: The Kuiper Belt object formerly known as the 2014 MU69 – later known as the Ultima Thule – has been replaced again. The new name is Arrokoth.

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  Deborah Byrd


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