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Colonoscopy One and Operation Butt Plug: What happened when internet was asked to name Uranus probe

From a ship named Boaty McBoatface to a whale named Mister Splashy Pants, the public usually doesn’t take things seriously when asked for help in scientific naming contests.

So it should come as no surprise that the latest public name contest has generated some ridiculous suggestions, especially given the topic.

An unofficial Twitter account called Ice Giant Missions asked the public what they would call a new Orbiter and Probe mission to Uranus.

Some people took the challenge seriously, suggesting names like Herschel (the British astronomer who discovered Uranus), Caelus (the Roman version of Uranus), and Ymir (the ice giant in Norse mythology).

Others, however, took a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema, and Colonoscopy One.

An unofficial Twitter account called Ice Giant Missions asked the public what they would call a new mission to Uranus

An unofficial Twitter account called Ice Giant Missions asked the public what they would call a new mission to Uranus

Some people took the challenge seriously, suggesting names like Herschel (the British astronomer who discovered Uranus), Caelus (the Roman version of Uranus), and Ymir (the ice giant in Norse mythology).

Some people took the challenge seriously, suggesting names like Herschel (the British astronomer who discovered Uranus), Caelus (the Roman version of Uranus), and Ymir (the ice giant in Norse mythology).

Some people took the challenge seriously, suggesting names like Herschel (the British astronomer who discovered Uranus), Caelus (the Roman version of Uranus), and Ymir (the ice giant in Norse mythology).

NASA urged to launch mission to Uranus

NASA has been urged to launch its first mission to the giant Uranus, in a report from the National Academy of Sciences outlining space priorities for the next decade.

Known as the Committee on the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey, it designates a Uranus Orbiter and Probe as its highest priority flagship mission.

The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the decade report also called on NASA to visit Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus and look for signs of life.

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Ice Giant Mission’s Twitter account popped the question this week.

It wrote: ‘There was: Voyager, Cassini-Huygens, New Horizons, Juno, Perseverance. We want to know what YOU would call the Uranus Orbiter & Probe Mission.”

One of the most popular suggestions in the answers was Caelus – the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Uranus.

Another user suggested Herschel in honor of the discoverer of Uranus, William Herschel.

However, they pointed out that this name is unlikely as it has already been used for a European Space Agency mission.

Meanwhile, another wrote: ‘I have to go with a great female explorer. Earhart is fitting, as she was the first pilot to cross both the Atlantic and the Pacific.”

Other suggestions, however, took a rougher approach.

“Enema, based on the Greek demigod of underground rivers and exploration,” someone joked.

‘What about the planetary orbital observation probe? AKA the POOP,” another tweeted.

And others took inspiration from Boaty McBoatface, with suggestions from Uranusy McUranusface, Probey McProbeface and Spacey McSpaceface.

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Some followed a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema, and Colonoscopy One

Some followed a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema, and Colonoscopy One

Some followed a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema, and Colonoscopy One

While NASA has not announced plans to launch a mission to Uranus, a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences urged the space agency to investigate the distant planet.

Known as the Committee on the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey, the report designates an Uranus Orbiter and Probe as the flagship mission with the highest priority.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun, and is an “ice giant” with 17 known moons and a minimum temperature of -371F.

The only spacecraft visited was NASA’s Voyager 2 in 1986.

The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the decade report also called on NASA to visit Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus and look for signs of life.

Every ten years, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine gathers a group of space experts and asks them to reach a consensus on how NASA should spend its budget on planetary science and defense.

The latest report covers the years 2023 to 2032 and also includes plans already underway, such as bringing back rocks from Mars and “doing science on the moon.”

The proposals affect how to obtain federal funding for future space missions and guide NASA’s plans for large-scale projects.

NASA has committed to two proposals of the latest planetary science research in 2012 – the Europa Clipper to be launched in 2024 and the Perseverance rover now on Mars.

HOW DOES URANUS’ MAGNETIC FIELD COMPARE TO EARTH?

A recent study analyzing data collected by the Voyager 2 spacecraft more than 30 years ago found that Uranus’ global magnetosphere is nothing like Earth’s, which is known to be nearly aligned with its spin axis. of our planet.

An artificially colored image of Uranus captured by Hubble is depicted

An artificially colored image of Uranus captured by Hubble is depicted

An artificially colored image of Uranus captured by Hubble is depicted

According to the researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, this alignment would give rise to behavior that is vastly different from what we see around the Earth.

Uranus lies and rotates on its side, keeping the magnetic field tilted 60 degrees off its axis.

This causes the magnetic field to ‘tumble’ asymmetrically with respect to the solar wind.

This causes the magnetic field to ‘tumble’ asymmetrically with respect to the solar wind.

If the magnetosphere is open, solar wind can flow in.

But when it shuts off, it forms a shield against these particles.

The researchers suspect that the solar wind’s reconnection upstream of Uranus’ magnetosphere occurs at different latitudes, closing the magnetic flux in different parts.

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