Help NASA Name MU69


Launched January 19, 2006 NASA’s New Horizons probe began a mission to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons made headlines in July 2015, fulfilling mission goals beyond our wildest dreams.Five billion kilometers from Earth, it took four and a half hours for messages to reach home, transmissions containing exquisite images of our solar system’s petticoat.

NASA issued fresh orders – cross 1.6 billion kilometers beyond Pluto to intercept asteroid 2014 MU69 on New Year’s Day 2019.

Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft streaking past 2014 MU69 – which might be 2 objects orbiting each other – on January 1, 2019. Image via Carlos Hernandez/ NASA.

Mu69 is minuscule by cosmic standards. One, perhaps two oddly shaped binary objects no more than 20 kilometers across. Barely noticed until passing in front of a few stars last summer, now the focus of New Horizons and a NASA contest open to anyone interested in giving MU69 a nickname. The link below takes you to the contest home page – read existing entries, vote or nominate one of your own.

http://www.frontierworlds.org/

http://earthsky.org/space/help-nickname-new-horizons-next-target-2014-mu69?mc_cid=859e237850&mc_eid=a5b828713b

Roy Moore – The Mary/Joseph Defense And Other Absurdities


Alabama Republican Roy Moore likely considered aspirations to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions a done deal. Can’t say I blame him, apparently impervious Christian hubris prevails in Alabama. Citizens of the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” State nominated Moore to run in the December 12 special election despite Moore’s less than exemplary distinction of twice elected, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2001, removed in 2003 for defying a Federal Court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument ( commissioned by Moore ) from the Alabama Judicial Building. Elected again in 2013, shown the door in 2016 for instructing probate judges to enforce a state ban on same sex marriage despite federal ruling it was unconstitutional.

In 2003 Moore created The Foundation For Moral Law, an ultra right Christian organization opposed to abortion and same sex marriage, champions of mandatory school prayer, Trump’s travel ban and legislation excluding Muslims from holding political office. Vile as the day is long, a morally repugnant assault on equality and constitutional freedom.

News broke yesterday – allegations of sexual misconduct against once a judge Roy. Reason might dictate righteous Christian outrage toward a man who allegedly fancied underage girls – not so fast, reason got lost somewhere between Trump boasting he grabbed women by the pussy because he was powerful and Moore admitting to Sean Hannity on Fox News he didn’t date any girls without their mother’s consent. WTF Roy!

It gets better. Moore issued this statement – “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” His Campaign elaborated with – “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.”

OK, so Kevin Spacey’s career can implode over allegations of sexual misconduct, but Roy Moore is a doe eyed victim of fake news? A morally superior bastion of decency incapable of lewd behavior?

Never mind truth, investigation or concern for alleged victims. Kudos to blithering conservatives for spinning  creative biblical cob-webs. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said – “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

Stranger things have happened, but I’d say chances of Moore tossing political aspirations to winds of Christian forgiveness are slim to none. Moore doesn’t need to beg forgiveness for his sins, conservatives don’t care who or what is violated as long as their agenda prevails. Case in point, a fundraising message Moore sent to his supporters –

The Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs have just launched the most vicious and nasty attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.

I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.

I refuse to repeat their lies.

The forces of evil are on the march in this country.

We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.