Name Change for Ultima Thule-Most Distant Cosmic Body

(NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

Health Editor’s Note:  A while ago we started following the space ice rock that is the most distant body every seen by a human spacecraft.  Now we learn that the original name, Ultima Thule, could have reflected some link to Nazi ideology.  This has prompted a name change. More ad nauseum political correctness at work here….Carol

NASA Names Most Distant Object Ever Explored ‘Arrokoth,’ the Powhatan Word for Sky

by Jason Daley/

Last January, NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past an icy space rock designated nearly four billion miles beyond Pluto. The rock, dubbed 2014 MU69, is the most distant cosmic body ever surveyed by a human spacecraft. At the time, the team nicknamed the object Ultima Thule after a mythical northern land beyond the borders of the known world. But the name didn’t stick due to its usage in Nazi ideology.

This week, NASA announced that the official name for 2014 MU69 will be Arrokoth, which is the word for “sky” in the Powhatan and Algonquian languages. The name was bestowed with the consent of tribal elders and representatives.

“The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own,” planetary scientist Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, says in a statement. “That desire to learn is at the heart of the New Horizons mission, and we’re honored to join with the Powhatan community and people of Maryland in this celebration of discovery.”

The phrase Ultima Thule originates from classical and Medieval literature that refers to a mythical northern land, often used to designate a place beyond the known borders of the world. But the agency soon received backlash over the choice after the terms’ link to Nazi ideology were revealed in a Newsweek article.


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  1. NASA was founded by Nazi rocket scientists it’s not surprising they’d name something out of the Nazi playbook. The first time I heard the name of this object it immediately brought to my mind the Nazis Ahnenerbe.

    • @Apha the Highlander

      I’m aware of their pseudoscience mission. 19th century Europeans where obsessed with all sorts of wacko theories, such as the hollow earth, and other Jules Verne visions of the mythical past.

    • @ Apha the Highlander

      Have you read Mdm Blavastsky (one of Himmler’s favorite authors), or looked into the roots of the Thule Society? 19th century race theory a mixture of Darwinism, Theospophy, and Spiritualism is batshit crazy Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn level shit. Going to foreign lands to measure the skull morphology of the locals to trace Aryan ancestry, and the source of the Hyperborean root race, the land of Ultimata Thule and the power of Vril, then using in as a excuse to motivate your military’s officer corp so their hyped on invasion is pretty sinister. The Nazi’s just manufactured a bunch of mythology for propaganda and morale purposes, and then used it as an excuse for their actions. In modern terms they where running phy-ops on their own men and the general public of the Reich. This is totally in the secret society playbook as well associating your new movement or lodge with some ancient order or people wether the connection is there or not.

      As for the flood, I find that way more credible than the hollow earth BS. I certainly don’t think that we as a civilization have figured it all out, that’s an assumption on your part.

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