Last July when scientists discovered Pluto’s new moon the Carl Sagan Research Center decided later to leave it up to we the people to vote for P4’s new name. And I mean, just how are you supposed to narrow something like this down, when it’s obvious that the suitable names for such things are truly infinite?
But after tallying up over 450,000 ballots, the results are finally in: and it only makes sense that the very tiny moon “Vulcan” will be the Pluto moon’s new name. Plus, Vulcan is technically a son of Pluto, and Pluto and Zeus are brothers—so this all just works out too perfectly.
Even Spock himself (Leonard Nimroy) agrees that “Vulcan” is “only logical” for Pluto’s formerly known P4, making the official decision that much more sensible.
William Shatner, Star Trek’s own Captain Kirk, suggested the name “Vulcan” that went along with the rest of the mythological Greek themed names (Cerberus, the “three headed dog,” came close in second), but it’s clear the true Star Trek fans made sure they had their say in this one.
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