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

Colonoscopy One and Operation Butt Plug: What Happened When the Internet Was Asked to Name the Uranus Probe?

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

So it’s no surprise that the last public naming contest had some ridiculous suggestions, especially given the topic.

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

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

However, others have taken a slightly less appropriate route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema and Coloscopy One.

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

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

NASA is urged to launch a mission to Uranus

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

Known as the Committee on the Decade Study of Planetary Science and Astrobiology, it designates an orbiter and a Uranus probe as the highest priority flagship mission.

The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the 10-year report also called on NASA to visit Enceladus, Saturn’s frozen moon, and search for signs of life.

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The Ice Giant Mission Twitter account popped the question this week.

He wrote: ‘There were: Voyager, Cassini-Huygens, New Horizons, Juno, Perseverance. We want to know what would YOU name the Uranus Orbiter & Probe mission.

One of the most popular suggestions in the responses 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, given that it has already been used for a European Space Agency mission.

Meanwhile, another wrote: ‘I have to go with a great explorer. Earhart agrees, given that she was the first pilot to cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

However, other suggestions have taken a cruder approach.

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

“How about the planetary orbital observation probe?” AKA the POOP,’ another tweeted.

And others were inspired by Boaty McBoatface, with suggestions from Uranusy McUranusface, Probey McProbeface, and Spacey McSpaceface.

Some have taken a slightly less appropriate route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema and Coloscopy One.

Some have taken a slightly less appropriate route, with suggestions such as Operation Butt Plug, Enema and Coloscopy One.

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

Known as the Committee on the Decade Study of Planetary Science and Astrobiology, the report names an orbiter and a Uranus probe as the highest priority flagship mission.

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 to visit was NASA’s Voyager 2 in 1986.

The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the 10-year report also called on NASA to visit Enceladus, Saturn’s frozen moon, and search for signs of life.

Every ten years, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convene a group of space experts and ask them to come to a consensus on how NASA should apply its space budget. planetary sciences and defence.

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

The proposals are influential in securing federal funding for future space missions and directing NASA’s plans for large-scale projects.

NASA has committed to two proposals from the latest planetary science survey in 2012 – the Europa Clipper launch in 2024 and the Perseverance rover now on Mars.

HOW DOES URANUS’ MAGNETIC FIELD COMPARE TO EARTH’S?

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

A false color view of Uranus captured by Hubble is shown

A false color view of Uranus captured by Hubble is shown

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

Uranus lies and spins on its side, leaving its magnetic field tilted 60 degrees from its axis.

As a result, the magnetic field “tumbles” asymmetrically with respect to the solar wind.

As a result, the magnetic field “tumbles” asymmetrically with respect to the solar wind.

When the magnetosphere is open, it allows the solar wind to enter.

But, when it closes, it creates a shield against these particles.

The researchers suspect that solar wind reconnection is taking place upstream of Uranus’ magnetosphere at different latitudes, causing the magnetic flux to close in various parts.

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