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name "Vulcan" one of the moons of Pluto

iglarmobley

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Report this Feb. 17 2013, 3:54 pm

A fourth and fifth moon have been discovered around Pluto, and the discoverers have put up an online poll to name them. Included among the names is "Vulcan." I think it would be a great tribute to Star Trek to have a celestial body in our solar system given the name of the homeworld of the alien race that first contacted humans in Trek lore.


Please stop by this site and lend your vote:


http://www.plutorocks.com


Voting ends at noon EST on Monday, February 25th, 2013.


Please share this link on your Facebook page and encourage others to share and to give their votes to "Vulcan" as well! Make it so.


By the way, this name was suggested by none other than William Shatner! You can see the astronomer's message about the suggestion on their blog:


http://www.plutorocks.com/blog/vulcan


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Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 18 2013, 9:32 pm

Nah, I'd rather they saved "Vulcan" for the first habitable exoplanet.


"The future is in the hands of those who explore... And from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

iglarmobley

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Report this Feb. 21 2013, 6:07 pm

I think a habitable world should get its own name, because it will become a home to people colonizing it. I don't think its fair to the people making that move to have to think of themselves as "Vulcans;" they should be able to forge their own identity.


It makes sense to name one of our system's moons after a fictional world, to give it character and to honor the inspiration Trek has generated in the field of astronomy and space exploration.

Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 21 2013, 6:11 pm

Fair points. Still, I think the name should be saved for something else. Vulcan in Star Trek is a hot desert world, about as far from Pluto as it's possible to be. Maybe an asteroid or an uninhabited exoplanet or something.


"The future is in the hands of those who explore... And from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

miklamar

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Report this Feb. 25 2013, 10:14 am

Or, a star.


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Sehlat123

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Report this Feb. 25 2013, 11:28 am

Quote: iglarmobley @ Feb. 21 2013, 6:07 pm

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>I think a habitable world should get its own name, because it will become a home to people colonizing it. I don't think its fair to the people making that move to have to think of themselves as "Vulcans;" they should be able to forge their own identity.

>It makes sense to name one of our system's moons after a fictional world, to give it character and to honor the inspiration Trek has generated in the field of astronomy and space exploration.

>


I see your point, but I agree that it would be odd to name a little icy rock Vulcan. Besides, If we ever do make it to far away planets, it will be in a long time.


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iglarmobley

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Report this Feb. 26 2013, 8:07 pm

Final tallies:
Vulcan 174,062
Cerberus 99,432
Styx 87,858
Persephone 68,969

Orpheus 51,197
All the others were under 50k.


“We have been overwhelmed by the world's response. Thank you to all 450,324 who voted! Please be patient now. It could take 1-2 months for the final names of P4 and P5 to be selected and approved.”

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