The public asked about Nasa’s mission to probe Uranus – and the answers were hilarious

SPACE fans had a great day on social media after being asked to submit names for a proposed NASA probe to Uranus.

An unofficial Twitter account promoting the space agency’s future missions asked its followers for suggestions on Saturday.

The Uranus Orbiter and Probe is a concept mission to explore the planet and its moons

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The Uranus Orbiter and Probe is a concept mission to explore the planet and its moonsPhoto credit: NASA

The account, Ice Giant Missionsshared some of the funniest replies as people flooded in with tongue-in-cheek suggestions.

Referring to the now infamous online poll “Boaty McBoatface”, one of the most popular responses was “Probey McProbeface”.

Others included “Bootylicious”, “Deep Dive”, “Touranus” and a nod to a joke in The Simpsons in the form of “Seymore Butts”.

Some submitters got a little more creative with acronyms that spell out rude words.

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Among them, “Advanced New Uranus Space Mission (ANUS)” and “Better Uranus Telemetry Tracking (BUTT)” were popular.

But while a Uranus-bound probe is ripe for lewd jokes, most of the replies were candid suggestions.

Among them were “Loki” and “Odin”, gods in Norse mythology who defeated ice giants.

“Hermes,” the Greek god of adventure and travel, was also suggested by a space enthusiast.

Nasa currently has no concrete plans to return to Uranus, but a mission to the distant ice giant is not out of the question.

Earlier this year, a panel of experts from the US National Academies recommended a mission to Uranus in its Decadal report to NASA.

The space agency last visited the planet in 2015 when its New Horizons spacecraft performed a fast flyby.

NASA has previously sent special probes to study Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Although the weekend’s spoof poll was just a bit of fun, asking the internet to name scientific missions to boost public interest and engagement has become a popular technique in recent years.

In 2016, a now infamous online poll went awry after voters were asked to name a £200million scientific research vessel.

Internet users were asked to submit and vote for proposals from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

However, the poll failed when the winning name, suggested by a member of the public, turned out to be “Boaty McBoatface”.

The proposal garnered 124,109 votes after it was submitted as a hoax.

The second most popular pick, Poppy-May, had 34,371 and Henry Worsley was third with 15,231.

Fourth choice was the equally comedic RRS It’s Bloody Cold Here.

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Much to the disappointment of voters, the NERC reneged on their promise and named the ship “The RRS David Attenborough” instead.

As a consolation, a small, robotic underwater vehicle that was launched from the new ship was named Boaty McBoatface instead.

In 2016, an online poll asked internet users to suggest and vote for the name of a £200million research vessel. The winning entry was

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In 2016, an online poll asked internet users to suggest and vote for the name of a £200million research vessel. The winning entry was “Boaty McBoatface”.Photo credit: Splash

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