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NASA has renamed the celestial object after controversy over Nazi connotations



The name Ultima Tule caused strong reactions because in the twentieth century it was also used by occultists in the German far-right to denote where the Aryans came from.

The world with AFP Posted today at 5:46 pm, updated at 7:15 pm

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The celestial body Kuiper was originally dubbed "Ultima Tul", about 1 billion kilometers from Pluto, which was hit by the New Horizons spacecraft on January 1.
The celestial body Kuiper was originally dubbed "Ultima Tul", about 1 billion kilometers from Pluto, which was hit by the New Horizons spacecraft on January 1. AP

The historical discovery changes its name. The farthest celestial body has ever been officially renamed, Tuesday, November 12 in Arocco, meaning "The sky" in the Powhatan Native American tribe language, after the first name, Ultima Thule, has caused controversy over its connection to the Nazi vocabulary.

An icy remnant of the formation of the Solar System, Arrokoth lies in the Kuiper Belt, about 4.8 billion kilometers from the Sun. The New Horizons spacecraft flew over it in January and for the first time forwarded detailed photos of this celestial body to NASA. The pictures show that it consisted of two spheres or Wings – like a snowman.

Ultima Tule – whose technical name is 2014 MU69 – was named after a distant island of medieval literature. But this denomination caused strong reactions because it was also used by occultists in the extreme German right in the XXe century to determine the place from which Aryans. theirs "Brick Society" later it became Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, and the term remained popular in right-wing circles.

Integrate indigenous peoples culture

The new official name, chosen by the New Horizons team, was announced at a ceremony at NASA headquarters on Tuesday without any hint of controversy. "The name 'Arrottot' reflects the source of inspiration from thinking in the sky and hearing about the stars and worlds outside ours."said Alan Stern of the Southwest Colorado Research Institute and leads New Horizons.

NASA added that it has the approval of the Powhatan elders and that this name has been chosen to integrate the culture of the indigenous peoples living in the area where this celestial object was discovered by the Hubble telescope.


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