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NASA has renamed it the farthest object ever discovered to the mysterious Ultima Thule, and after the controversy arose, and that his name was linked to the Nazi party.
Formerly known as the “2014 MU69,” the body has been given the informal name, from Ultima Thule, the New Horizons team, after a mythical northern country in the history of medieval European literature, according to Science Alert. However, the Thule Society, which was founded in 1918, it was also the name of a German occultist group that would later evolve into the Nazi party.
In the us it has since been renamed to the object to be Arrokoth, is a native american term for “heaven” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language, and after getting permission from the elders to the Powhatan Tribe.
Composite image of the first contact-binary Kuiper Belt Object, 2014 MU69 of the New Horizons Spacecraft Data. (Credit: NASA)
NASA’S EYES, PLUTO MISSION
“In the name of “Arrokoth’ reflecting the inspiration of looking up at the sky and wonder about the stars and the worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, in a statement. “That is, a desire to learn is at the heart of the New Horizons mission, and we are honored to partner with the Powhatan community and to the people of Maryland, at the anniversary of the discovery.”
Stern does not have to refer to the link below to the Thule Society as the reason for the new name, but I’ve already said this in a press conference. “Just because some guys just love that word, and we are not going to let them steal it,” Stern said, according to The Independent. Ultima Thule is also the name of a Swedish rock group, who were allegedly racist, a claim that the band has publicly denied it on her web site.
The new official name approved by the International Astronomical Union, and will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday at NASA headquarters in Washington.
“It’s a team for NASA’s New Horizons mission is designed to” Ultima Thule, which is the concept that, outside the borders of the known world, and a temporary handle, and it is planned to suggest a permanent name to the fly,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told Fox News by e-mail. “The team selected for the Algonquian/Powhatan word Arrokoth as a tribute to the indigenous people of the region are of critical importance for the discovery and exploration of the most distant object ever be encountered by the ship.”
Lori Glaze, the director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said she is “gracious and accept[ed]” the gift of the Arrokoth the name of the Powhatan people.
“He who, in the name of Arrokoth, signifies the strength and endurance of the native Algonquian people in the Chesapeake region,” Glaze added in the statement. “Their legacy continues to be a guiding light for all those who are searching for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and it’s celestial connection to all of humanity.”
The Southwest Research Institute, Marc Buie said the discovery of the Arrokoth, is located in the Kuiper Belt, an area of icy bodies beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away from Earth and has helped astronomers to understand the universe.
‘MISSING LINK’ BEEN FOUND? THE MYSTERIOUS SPACE ROCK COULD PROVIDE CLUES ABOUT HOW PLANETS FORM
“The data from the newly-appointed Arrokoth, has given us clues about the formation of planets and our cosmic origins,” said Buie, in the statement. “We believe that this body is composed of two distinct lobes, which are merged into a single entity, the port of the answers that will contribute to our understanding of the origin of life on Earth.”
The mysterious 22-foot-long object, which are the product of the two lobes centred on top of each other) has been previously described by NASA as a “giant pancake”, and “a damaged chest of drawers,” the space agency initially thought it looked like a red snowman.
In May, NASA revealed a startling discovery that is both water-and organic molecules on the surface. It is considered to be the “reddest of outer solar system object ever visited by a spacecraft,” is likely to be due to organic compounds on its surface, which may have contributed to the vibrant colors.
Scientists have also discovered that there are new things on the Arrokoth, including a number of bright spots, blemishes and craters, including a 5-mile-wide depression that is likely to be formed from some kind of impact. Traveling at about 33,000 miles per hour, with a $720 million New Horizons spacecraft, launched in January 2006 and is expected to continue, with the transmission of data, transmission of the Arrokoth fly until the latter part of the summer of the year 2020.
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