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

 

November 14, 2019

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

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.

"We graciously accept this gift from the Powhatan people," Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, says in the press release. "Bestowing the name Arrokoth signifies the strength and endurance of the indigenous Algonquian people of the Chesapeake region. Their heritage continues to be a guiding light for all who search for meaning and understanding of the origins of the universe and the celestial connection of humanity."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-rock-ultima-thule-renamed-avoid-nazi-associations-180973543/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20191113-daily-responsive&spMailingID=41107747&spUserID=NTkyNzY2ODg1MzgyS0&spJobID=1641191130&spReportId=MTY0MTE5MTEzMAS2

 

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