Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Apparently...

...NASA has learned nothing from the "Boaty McBoatface" scandal.

New Horizons reached Pluto with plenty of fuel, so they redirected the probe to another KBO. Now they want a nickname for the new world.

So, what are they doing?

Of course they're crowdsourcing. Because humans don't learn.

Thankfully, the lead name right now is fairly sensible - Mjolnir. Z'ha'dum is another suggestion that's coming in strongly.

And fortunately, they do seem to have learned a little bit - they filtered the nominations to remove the stupid ones.

This also most likely won't be the formal name, which will presumably be the name of a deity (mostly Greco-Roman, but they seem to be choosing Hawaiian names for one class of CBOS). This will just be what NASA people call it instead of "2014 MU19"

If you want to vote - go here.