Nasa has renamed a controversial ‘Nazi Dwarf Planet’ after a public outcry.
Earlier this year, astronomers triggered a lot of people by calling a tiny space rock Ultima Thule – which turned out to be the name of the Aryan race’s mythical homeland.
The planet proved particularly popular among denizens of the message board 4Chan, whose anonymous hordes flocked to one of our previous articles to rig a poll about the name of the planet by casting huge numbers of votes.
But it caused huge anger and consternation among scientists, journalists and sensitive Twitter users.
It’s now called Arrokoth – a Native American term meaning ‘sky’ in the Powhatan/ Algonquian language.
‘The name “Arrokoth” reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute.
‘That desire to learn is at the heart of the New Horizons mission, and we’re honoured to join with the Powhatan community and people of Maryland in this celebration of discovery.’
‘We graciously accept this gift from the Powhatan people,’ added Lori Glaze, director of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division.
‘Bestowing the name Arrokoth signifies the strength and endurance of the indigenous Algonquian people of the Chesapeake region.
‘Their heritage continues to be a guiding light for all who search for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and the celestial connection of humanity.’
The planet formerly known as Ultima Thule is the most distant object ever explored by humanity and has the scientific name 2014 MU69.
Earlier this year, people were astonished and appalled that Nasa would ever nickname a planet using a phrase used by the Nazis and which inspired the moniker of an obscure ‘Viking Rock’ band known to have skinhead and neo-Nazi fans.
Critics say the ‘not OK’ name should have been scrapped as soon as its Nazi links were exposed.
Initially, Nasa ignored the wailing of the offended and stuck with its decision.
‘New Horizons is an example – one of the best examples in our time – of raw exploration, and the term Ultima Thule, which is very old, many centuries old, possibly over a thousand years old, is a wonderful meme for exploration,’ Nasa’s Alan Stern said at a press conference .
‘That’s why we chose it. I would say that just because some bad guys once liked that term, we’re not going to let them hijack it.’
We can only assume Alan did not perform a Twitter search to see what people said about Nasa’s choices.
‘If you know a name has ties to Nazi mythology it is absolutely not acceptable to name your publicly funded research after it, anyway,’ raged journalist Maggie Koerth-Baker.
‘There’s a tie to Nazi mythology. The people at NASA knew that and picked the name anyway. There are literal Nazis marching in the streets here. This is a not okay choice for the federal government.’
Science writer Shannon Stirone also wrote: ‘Ultima Thule is the place in Nazi mythology where the Aryan race was born. It is still a term used by the alt-right today. I believe that makes the term inherently bad. Nazis are bad.’
Other commentators were offended that anyone would even question why they were so offended.
‘I have to step away from Twitter because I’m gonna lose my entire shit on the next person who says a little Nazi connection isn’t that big of a deal,’ said Erin Biba, who is famed for locking horns with Elon Musk’s ‘MuskBro’ fan army after he accused her of writing ‘misleading’ journalism.
One of her followers then chimed in with the following argument in her support: ‘Fuck Nazis, fuck anyone that agrees with Nazis, and fuck anyone who names objects in space after Nazis.
‘Why? Because fuck Nazis, that’s why.’
Biba then responded: ‘It’s literally as simple as that.’
A quick look at Wikipedia will tell you the phrase Ultima Thule was used by the Romans to refer to a northern land just outside the bounds of the known world.
But some of the crackpot occultists who inspired the Nazi party believed Ultima Thule was real and the actual birthplace of the Aryan race.
A group called the Thule Society was involved in the early stages of the Nazi Party’s formation and had a membership list which included some of the murderous regime’s most famous names.