Here’s What Happens When You Ask the Internet to Name a Uranus Mission


Whenever a planet tendencies on Twitter, I’ve to test it out. Uranus popped up in my feed over the weekend as a result of lots of people thought NASA had requested the general public to provide you with names for a mission to the ice large. Here’s what truly went down.

A Twitter account known as Ice Giant Missions, which is not affiliated with NASA, advocates for probes to go to Uranus and Neptune. It requested the web to provide you with names for a possible Uranus probe. The Saturday tweet got here with a pleasant graphic that includes a NASA meatball emblem within the nook.

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Ice Giant Missions is evident in its Twitter bio that it isn’t affiliated with NASA, so the tweet was extra an train in creativity and engagement. Butt who would not wish to identify a Uranus mission? The account gathered some of the finest suggestions, each critical and foolish.

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I’m going to name out my favorites. From the straight-faced aspect, I’m down for MUSE (Mission Uranus Science Expedition) or Earhart for pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. Another cool thought is Tempest, in honor of how a lot of the planet’s moons are named for Shakespeare characters.

Now let’s get to the names you have been ready for. Those vary from the considerably refined (Deep Dive, Charmin, Seymore Butts) to artistic acronyms like Research Education Charging Towards Uranus Mission (Rectum) and Planetary Orbital Observations Probe (POOP). My private favourite? Our Anus, a stunning tribute to how house missions can deliver humanity collectively regardless of our variations.

Uranus does not have the attract of rocky Mars, scenically stormy Jupiter or ringed Saturn, but it surely’s an enchanting planet worthy of examine. NASA hasn’t green-lighted a Uranus mission, however researchers have proposed one known as the Uranus Orbiter and Probe. UOP appears to have very fastidiously averted any probability of attaching juvenile humor to its identify.

It’s unlikely NASA would flip to the general public to call a Uranus mission if one does occur. We’re to not be trusted. It’s not simply Uranus’ identify that earns the jokes. It seems the planet smells like farts and rotten eggs for actual. 

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