They didn’t know they’d be entering messy territory…
Ice Giant Missions, an unofficial Twitter account advocating for future exploration to our Solar System’s outer planets, boldly encouraged users to help name a ‘theoretical probe bound for Uranus.’
— Ice Giant Missions 🛰 (@ExploreIGO) September 10, 2022
As expected, the public did not take the proposition seriously, and piles of puns flooding the comments.
“This seems like the perfect time for ‘Astroglide’ to sponsor space exploration,” one user wrote.
Many respondents chose to probe deeper into the discussion, offering scientifically accurate suggestions ranging from Voyager, Juno, Herschel, and Hipparchus.
— Ice Giant Missions 🛰 (@ExploreIGO) September 11, 2022
The most popular of the names was Caelus, the ‘primal god of the skies’ and counterpart to Roman god Uranus.
Although NASA has not made announcements on exploratory missions to the Ice Giant, the space agency notoriously pioneered expeditions to Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn.
The highly coveted Artemis program aims to plant humans back on the moon, however the first launch, Artemis 1, was delayed to Sep. 27 due to technical difficulties.