Political correctness has now spread to space, where, according to NASA, planets, galaxies and other celestial bodies are no longer referred to with “offensive” nicknames.
In a press release Thursday, the space agency said that all planets and celestial bodies are referred to only by their scientific names, the Houston Chronicle reported.
According to the new rules, the “Eskimo Nebula” discovered by William Hershel in 1787 is only referred to as NGC 2392.
The so-called “Siamese Twins Galaxy” will also only be known as NGC 4567 and NGC 4568.
“As the scientific community works to identify and combat systemic discrimination and inequality in all areas of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive but can also be actively harmful,”
“NASA is exploring the use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, justice, and inclusion.”
Stephen T. Shih, Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunities at NASA, agreed, saying, “These nicknames and terms can have historical or cultural connotations that are objectionable or undesirable and NASA is determined to address them.”