First colonoscopy and butt plug operation: What happened when the internet was asked to name the Uranus probe

From a ship called Boaty McBoatface to a whale called Mister Splashy Pants, the public usually doesn’t take matters seriously when asking for help in science naming contests.

So it should come as no surprise that the latest public naming contest has featured some pretty silly suggestions – especially given the topic.

An unofficial Twitter account, called Ice Giant Missions, asked the public what they would call the 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 gone a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions including a butt-plug operation, an enema, and a colonoscopy one.

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

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

Known as the Decadal Survey of Planetary and Astrobiology, it identifies the probe and the Uranus probe as the main mission of highest priority.

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

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

She wrote: “Was there: Voyager, Cassini Huygens, New Horizons, Juno, Perseverance. We want to know, what you will call the Uranus Orbiter & Probe Mission.

One of the most common suggestions in responses was Caelus – the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Uranus.

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

However, they note that this name is unlikely, given that it was already used in the ESA mission.

Meanwhile, another wrote: “I must go with a great female explorer. Earhart is fitting, because she was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.”

However, other suggestions have taken a more blunt approach.

“An enema, based on the Greek half of underground rivers and exploration,” one joked.

What about the Planetary Orbiting Observation Probe? Another tweet AKA the POOP.

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

Some have gone a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions including a butt-plug operation, an enema, and a colonoscopy one

Some have gone a slightly less convenient route, with suggestions including a butt-plug operation, an enema, and a colonoscopy one

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

Known as the Decadal Survey of Planetary Science and Astrobiology, the report ranks Uranus’ Uranus Orbiter and Probe as the main mission of highest priority.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, an “ice giant” with 17 known moons and a temperature of less than 371 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

The astronomers and planetary scientists behind the decadal 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 brings together a group of space experts and asks them to come to a consensus on how NASA applies its budget for planetary science and defense.

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

The proposals are influential when it comes to obtaining federal funding for future space missions, and to guide NASA’s plans for large-scale projects.

NASA has stuck to two proposals from the last Planetary Science Survey in 2012 – launching the Europa Clipper in 2024 and the Perseverance rover now on Mars.

How does the magnetic field of Uranus compare to the magnetic field of the Earth?

A recent study analyzing data collected more than 30 years ago by the Voyager 2 spacecraft found that Uranus’ global magnetosphere is unlike Earth’s, which is known roughly to align with our planet’s axis of rotation.

False-color scene of Uranus captured by Hubble

False-color scene of Uranus captured by Hubble

According to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, this alignment will lead to behavior very different from what we see around Earth.

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

As a result, the magnetic field “collapses” asymmetrically relative to the solar wind.

As a result, the magnetic field “collapses” asymmetrically relative to the solar wind.

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

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

The researchers believe that the reconnection of the solar wind takes place in the upper part of the magnetosphere of Uranus at different latitudes, causing the magnetic flux to shut off in different parts.

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