Posted: Jan 03, 2019 4:11 am
by Rumraket
Thomas Eshuis wrote:Then there's this:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-gives-its-mission-target-a-name-right-out-of-nazi-mythology_us_5c2cd728e4b05c88b704c484

NASA Has A Bit Of A Nazi Problem With Its ‘Ultima Thule’ Name
The distant space object is named after an ancient term — that was later co-opted by the Nazis.

In naming that distant object “Ultima Thule,” NASA also tapped into one of human history’s darkest passages. The term, which dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, refers to a frigid “place beyond” the lands that the West had explored at the time, and was later co-opted by the Nazis to refer to the mythological birthplace of the Aryan race.

How lame. The take-offense brigade is at it again. Obviously New Horizons is exploring the outer reaches of the solar system, so calling one of those outer objects an ancient Greek name for a "frigid place beyond", which it literally is, is entirely appropriate. Can these people just shut up and get on with their useless lives?

What's next, Hitler liked dogs so now we have to euthanize them all?