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    Hello All!
    NASA calls the public to name the next goal of the New Horizons spacecraft (MU69).
    A Kuiper Belt object far behind Pluto, which New Horizons will encounter on Jan-1-1919.

    The name list NASA has yet reduced.
    But what it's funny as hell: one of the proposals is "Z'ha'dum".


    Here's the New Horizons-link:
    http://www.frontierworlds.org/home
    And the ballot page is:
    http://www.frontierworlds.org/vote

    And the best: you can vote as often you want (but not more than once a day)

    B5-Stefan

    (This thread could be alternatively placed in "Babylon 5")

    --
    Morden: "It's like knocking over an ant-hill.
    Every new generation gets stronger,
    the ant-hill gets redesigned, made better"
    [Z'ha'dum]

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    Originally posted by B5-Stefan View Post
    Hello All!
    NASA calls the public to name the next goal of the New Horizons spacecraft (MU69).
    A Kuiper Belt object far behind Pluto, which New Horizons will encounter on Jan-1-1919.

    Here's the New Horizons-link:
    http://www.frontierworlds.org/home
    And the ballot page is:
    http://www.frontierworlds.org/vote

    And the best: you can vote as often you want (but not more than once a day)

    B5-Stefan

    (This thread could be alternatively placed in "Babylon 5")

    --
    Morden: "It's like knocking over an ant-hill.
    Every new generation gets stronger,
    the ant-hill gets redesigned, made better"
    [Z'ha'dum]
    Voted (for the first time).

    While I would like Z'ha'dum to win I would not mind Mjolnir winning. The lead, Peanut etc I find rather bland as a (nick)name.
    Jan from Denmark

    My blog :

    http://www.babylonlurker.dk

    "Our thoughts form the Universe - they *always* matter"

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    • #3
      I just voted for Z'ha'dum.

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      • #4
        That list is funny having a B5 planet mentioned. Just voted for Z'ha'dum as well.

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        • #5
          Just voted again.
          Remember: voting is possible once a day

          B5-Stefan


          --
          Tirk: "Tirk. Drazi. I carry very large things. I... I... Tirk. Drazi."
          [LotR]

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          • #6
            I've voted. Z'Ha'Dum is now second.
            "It means living each moment as if it were your last one. It means doing each right thing because it is the right thing. The scale doesn't matter. The where, the when, the how, or in what cause... none of those things matter."

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            • #7
              I didn't see it on the list by the time I heard about this.
              "Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." - William James

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hypatia View Post
                I didn't see it on the list by the time I heard about this.
                Yes. You're right.

                NASA says:
                "We retire names from the ballot when we believe we have received a clear indication of their popularity. This creates space for us to add new nominations to the ballot."

                And -it's a shame- Z'ha'dum was dropped yesterday (11-11).

                NASA says about the reason why:
                "Z'ha'dum is a fictional planet from the TV series Babylon 5 (1994 to 1997). Like MU69, it is a very distant world, although Z'ha'dum is located at the edge of the galaxy, rather than at the edge of our solar system."

                The "although" sentence make me suspect, that Z'ha'dum won't get close to the final naming of MU69.


                Question: is there any B5 object situated in our solar system, which could be proposed alternatively?
                For the moment I don't remind any :-(

                B5-Stefan


                --
                Delenn: "If the universe puts a mystery in front of us as a gift,
                politeness requires that we at least try and solve it."
                [Atonement]
                Last edited by B5-Stefan; 11-12-2017, 05:02 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by B5-Stefan View Post
                  NASA says about the reason why:
                  "Z'ha'dum is a fictional planet from the TV series Babylon 5 (1994 to 1997). Like MU69, it is a very distant world, although Z'ha'dum is located at the edge of the galaxy, rather than at the edge of our solar system."

                  The "although" sentence make me suspect, that Z'ha'dum won't get close to the final naming of MU69.
                  That description of Z'Ha'Dum was there when it was still an option.
                  "It means living each moment as if it were your last one. It means doing each right thing because it is the right thing. The scale doesn't matter. The where, the when, the how, or in what cause... none of those things matter."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Melanie View Post
                    That description of Z'Ha'Dum was there when it was still an option.
                    OK. I see.

                    You should be a bit cautious about the following addendum
                    (because of Z'ha'dum )

                    Addendum

                    If you're a fan of Isaac Asimov's work, you now have the chance to vote for "Trantor".


                    B5-Stefan


                    --
                    Franklin: "Excuse me, where I come from, one man from three leaves two."
                    Marcus: "Where I come from is a far more interesting place."
                    [Exogenesis]

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                    • #11
                      Help us Nickname a Distant World (NASA's New Horizons)

                      Votes: recent status

                      1. Mjoelnir (Thor's hammer): 9323
                      2. Z'Ha'dum (Shadow planet): 7966
                      3. Peanut, Almond, Cashew: 6597
                      4. Uluru (ayers Rock): 5532
                      5. Pangu (Chinese mythology): 5220

                      Bad Hammer!

                      Stefan

                      --
                      Sinclair: "Stay close to the Vorlon. And watch out for shadows.
                      They move when you're not looking at them."

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                      • #12
                        This was probably for the best because I was chatting with a Vorlon the other day, telling him about this contest and he said, "name a planet Z'Ha'dum and it will die."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Delenn_of_Mir View Post
                          This was probably for the best because I was chatting with a Vorlon the other day, telling him about this contest and he said, "name a planet Z'Ha'dum and it will die."

                          Conceiving the Vorlon speech (aka: threeedged sword), I'm not sure what this means:
                          1. the KBO dies
                          2. the probe dies
                          3. the ballot dies
                          Or perhaps the direct opposite?

                          Ste fan

                          --
                          Sinclair: "Stay close to the Vorlon. And watch out for shadows.
                          They move when you're not looking at them."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by B5-Stefan View Post
                            Conceiving the Vorlon speech (aka: threeedged sword), I'm not sure what this means:
                            1. the KBO dies
                            2. the probe dies
                            3. the ballot dies
                            Or perhaps the direct opposite?

                            Ste fan

                            --
                            Sinclair: "Stay close to the Vorlon. And watch out for shadows.
                            They move when you're not looking at them."

                            Yeah, I didn't really get it either. (shakes head) But inside my head I heard screaming.

                            Communicating with a Vorlon is almost as bad as trying to get a straight answer out of Ranger One Sinclair.

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                            • #15
                              Help us Nickname a Distant World (NASA's New Horizons)

                              The ballot has finished yesterday.

                              And this is the final voting:

                              1. Mjoelnir (Thor's hammer): 29.999
                              2. Z'Ha'dum (Shadow planet): 25.802
                              3. Peanut, Almond, Cashew: 25.663
                              4. Olaf (Norse name): 24.422
                              5. Niflheim (Norse realm...): 23.685
                              ...

                              If there were not this bad Thor's Hammer, the New Horizons probe would encounter the shadow planet and wake up the EVIL.

                              So, it seems no evil shows up. We only get norse...
                              Stefan

                              --
                              Sinclair: "Stay close to the Vorlon. And watch out for shadows.
                              They move when you're not looking at them."

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