Defend Ultima Thule name?

The name of the space object has Nazi connections

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NASA Under Fire for Using Nazi Lore in Space Object's Name

The New Horizons spacecraft flew by the first space object beyond Pluto on Tuesday, but the temporary name given to that object has drawn criticism because of its use by Nazi race theorists. The snowman-shaped rock has been called "Ultima Thule," which white nationalists believe to be the origin place of the Aryan race.

To NASA, Ultima Thule is a reddish, snowman-shaped object about 4.1 billion miles away from Earth, far beyond Pluto.

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New Horizons Successfully Explores Ultima Thule - Solar System Exploration: NASA Science

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt, a region of primordial objects that holds keys to understanding the origins of the solar system.

"Congratulations to NASA's New Horizons team, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Southwest Research Institute for making history yet again. In addition to being the first to explore Pluto, today New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft and became the first to directly explore an object that holds remnants from the birth of our solar system," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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Ultima Thule: Nasa defends name of distant space object amid questions about Nazi connections

Nasa officials have defended the name of a distant space object after questions over its link to Nazis.

Ultima Thule - an icy world floating in the Kuiper Belt, at the edge of our Solar System - this week became the most distant object ever to be explored by humanity. Scientists have already received stunning photos back from the New Horizons spacecraft that took a look at it, and expect to make even deeper discoveries in the coming months and years.

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