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The SJWs have apparently landed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The U.S. space agency has announced that it is dropping cosmic nicknames for planets, galaxies, and nebulae that it considers insensitive, objectionable, unwelcoming, and possibly “actively harmful.”
The Eskimo Nebula (officially designated as planetary nebula NGC 2392) and the Siamese Twins Galaxy (NGC 4567 and 4568) are the first to go.
‘”Eskimo’ is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions. Most official documents have moved away from its use,” NASA explained in a press release.
From now on, NASA will only use International Astronomical Union nomenclature when it deems an unofficial nickname inappropriate. In the context of social justice, the science is settled.
Diversity/inclusion considerations will guide cosmic object terminology henceforth, NASA added, even for “seemingly innocuous” nicknames.
“The Agency will be working with diversity, inclusion, and equity experts in the astronomical and physical sciences to provide guidance and recommendations for other nicknames and terms for review.”
NASA also indicated that the nickname reexamination initiative is part of its effort toward addressing what it described as systemic discrimination throughout the scientific community.
“NASA did not specify why it chose to scrap the name ‘Siamese Twins’ in its statement, although the term has long been viewed as offensive because it unfairly ties the birth defect of conjoined twins to the region of Thailand, formerly Siam,” the Daily Mail recalled.
In the last few months in particular, corporate America has gone through a torrent of name-changing over concerns about racial insensitivity.
Although NASA’s decision won praise from some social media users, it failed to take off with many others who concluded the whole situation is just another form of woke virtual signaling, with space as (maybe) the final frontier. Here is a sample of the Twitter response.
Are you drunk?
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) August 8, 2020
Dear NASA: Will you also address the following hurtful and insensitive terms: Big Bang Theory, Uranus, black holes, dwarf stars, and dark matter. https://t.co/ly6uaVD1yj
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) August 7, 2020
I didn’t vote for Trump. I’d prefer not to this time. And I believe in criminal justice reform and have been advocating for it for years.
Get back to space and aeronautics and out of the social justice game, lest you convince people like me he needs more time to clean house.
— Gerry (@GerryDales) August 7, 2020
There is nothing harmful about any of the unofficial terminology. What is harmful, however, is the woke cult that infected NASA.
— David W (@sicarium23) August 7, 2020
Our tax dollars at work 🤡
— Randy Bowen🇺🇸 (@Damnoldguy) August 8, 2020
please do not change the names because of the politically correct. think of the great astronomers in history who made great discoveries, they would not do that.
— Wesley (@joestardiamond) August 6, 2020
Apparently? It *does* take a rocket scientist to “identify & address systemic discrimination & inequality” since nobody can.
Because, of course, it’s illegal.
However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see this as ridiculous.
Because, of course, it’s ridiculous.
— 🇺🇸 American (@MGF_83) August 8, 2020
I don’t give a damn what words you use, just get an American to Mars! Figure out spaceflight to & colonization of other planets. Figure out travel to other systems. THAT is your job! Time spent on anything else is wasted, and everyone keeps saying how little time we have left.
— The Lucky Templar (@FortKester) August 6, 2020
Really, NASA? This is what you’re spending our taxpayer money on?
I want a refund. You should be doing important things not dabbling in fringe social justice politics.
— Daisy Belle (@DaisyBelleLace) August 8, 2020
Your job, @NASA, is to explore space & understand the cosmos.
Not to appease the woke cult through virtue signalling.
— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) August 7, 2020
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