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Sun Aug 9, 2020, 04:47 PM

NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects

Source: CBS News

NASA is joining the ever-growing list of organizations and companies reexamining its naming system, removing names that are "insensitive" and "harmful" from its vocabulary. Aunt Jemima, The Chicks, Lady A, Mrs. Butterworth's, the Washington Football Team — and now, celestial objects — are all undergoing a rebrand.

"Eskimo Nebula" and "Siamese Twins Galaxy" are just two examples of nicknames that will be retired, the space agency announced this week. "Often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science," it said.

Celestial objects such as planets, galaxies and nebulae are often given unofficial nicknames, since their official names are typically a series of letters and numbers. However, NASA said some of the names are offensive, and they plan to retire them.

"As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful," the agency said. "NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion."

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-drops-eskimo-nebula-insensitive-nicknames-cosmic-objects/

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Reply NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects (Original post)
Calista241 Aug 9 OP
geralmar Aug 9 #1
truthisfreedom Aug 9 #2
geralmar Aug 9 #4
Polybius Aug 10 #9
VWolf Aug 10 #11
PoindexterOglethorpe Aug 9 #3
Polybius Aug 10 #8
Harker Aug 9 #5
geralmar Aug 10 #6
lapfog_1 Aug 10 #7
Harker Aug 10 #10
Devil Child Aug 10 #12
moose65 Aug 10 #13
Devil Child Aug 10 #14

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Response to geralmar (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 05:23 PM

2. I personally don't think that counts. Black is a color. Hole is a place things fall into.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with race, and it never did.

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Response to geralmar (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:45 AM

9. So you must really have a problem with Uranus

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Response to Polybius (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:38 AM

11. Snort! n/t

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Response to geralmar (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 05:26 PM

3. Black holes have that name because the gravity in them is so

intense that nothing, not even light can escape.

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Response to geralmar (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:44 AM

8. How about White Dwarf?

That’s a double negative!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:23 PM

5. What are they going to call Uranus? n/t

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Response to geralmar (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 01:43 AM

7. If I remember correctly, that is where the Klingons hang out.

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Response to geralmar (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:28 AM

10. Yes, I did...

after waiting longer than expected.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:05 AM

12. Replace black hole with hole of color please.

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Response to Devil Child (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:59 AM

13. Shouldn't that be....

Hole of All Colors??

All Colors Matter (tm)

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Response to moose65 (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:35 AM

14. Ha! All celestial bodies matter?

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