NASA Will No Longer Refer To Nicknames Of Stars Like The “Eskimo Nebula” Or To Heavenly Bodies Such As The “Siamese Twins Galaxies” In Their Ongoing Effort To Prove There Is No Intelligent Life On Earth
NASA, under the stewardship of their Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, made the announcement Wednesday in a press release citing an urge to identify “systemic discrimination” in the scientific community. As such, the organization tasked with exploring space and identifying whether there is any intelligent life ‘out there’ has turned inward, and is instead seeking to prove that there is no intelligent life on this planet either.
As we work to identify & address systemic discrimination & inequality in all aspects of the scientific community, we are reexamining the use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects which can be not only insensitive, but actively harmful. Read more: https://t.co/ZNicp5g0Wh pic.twitter.com/jDup6JOGBd— NASA (@NASA) August 5, 2020
The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity also links to a curious set of websites to guide white scientists in their effort to become woke. One YouTube video is titled “A Call For White Humility In Response To Black Rage” which starts by heaping praises on the violent “rebellion” that followed the death of George Floyd. In fact, seven URLs have been added to their list of suggested readings since the riots began.
Take a look at their press release:
As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “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 will also no longer use the term “Siamese Twins Galaxy” to refer to NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Moving forward, NASA will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.
“I support our ongoing reevaluation of the names by which we refer to astronomical objects,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters, Washington. “Our goal is that all names are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, and we’ll proactively work with the scientific community to help ensure that. Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”
The complete release can be read here.