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RickNZ
2006-Apr-03, 04:37 AM
When NASA runs out of unique silly acronyms to title the mission and mission experiments with?

Cl1mh4224rd
2006-Apr-03, 05:21 AM
When NASA runs out of unique silly acronyms to title the mission and mission experiments with?
Heh?

The_Radiation_Specialist
2006-Apr-03, 09:30 AM
assuming they use a usual 3 letter acronym they have 17576 acronyms to use...

ToSeek
2006-Apr-03, 02:32 PM
They'll just start using sitcom character names, as with the instruments Ralph and Alice aboard New Horizons. Someday there'll be an imaging spectrometer named Cosmo Kramer.

jrkeller
2006-Apr-03, 03:10 PM
assuming they use a usual 3 letter acronym they have 17576 acronyms to use...

Many NASA acronyms are used for multiple pieces of hardware and many are what we call second order acronyms (acronyms of acronyms). There will never be a problem.

korjik
2006-Apr-03, 04:29 PM
assuming they use a usual 3 letter acronym they have 17576 acronyms to use...

Dont forget the ETLA (extended three letter acronyms, or 4 letter acronyms)

Nicolas
2006-Apr-03, 04:39 PM
By 2030 we'll all be used to the brand new MMTTLA system.

(much more than three letter acronyms)

darkhunter
2006-Apr-03, 04:52 PM
They'll just start using sitcom character names, as with the instruments Ralph and Alice aboard New Horizons. Someday there'll be an imaging spectrometer named Cosmo Kramer.
And then they can move on to the classic cartoons--the Bugs Bunny Basic UnderGround System of burrowing sub-surface exploration probes, used to explore the geology of areas with a loose "topsoil"--[possible BA] such as dust basins on the Moon and Mars...

Trebuchet
2006-Apr-03, 07:09 PM
I was actually going to start a thread a while back about NASA mission naming. We used to get inspiring names like Mercury, Apollo, Voyager, Mariner, and the like. Now we mostly seem to get acronyms for dull descriptive names like Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the like. Perhaps the public would be more interested if there were more exciting names!

Nicolas
2006-Apr-03, 08:51 PM
Such as Cassini, New Horizons? :)

Gillianren
2006-Apr-03, 09:14 PM
Here's one I've always wondered--why was it called Apollo in the first place? Apollo was a sun god! Mercury, okay. The capsules went really fast. Gemini--great! Two men, twins, mythology in place. But why didn't they call the moon missions Artemis? Or Diana, if we're going with the Romans?

Enzp
2006-Apr-03, 10:00 PM
My wife has started an organization - SUSAN.

Stop Using Stupid Acronyms Now

Bob
2006-Apr-03, 10:10 PM
why was it called Apollo in the first place?

Well, they had to call it something. "Apollo" was proposed in 1960 by a NASA scientist named Silverstein and the name stuck.

Gemini
2006-Apr-03, 10:49 PM
My wife has started an organization - SUSAN.

Stop Using Stupid Acronyms Now

Me, I have CEMU

Coalition to Eradicate Mullets and Unibrows :D