Vulcan joins the Ballot
We have made our first addition to the ballot. Vulcan is the Roman god of lava and smoke, and the nephew of Pluto. (Any connection to the Star Trek TV series is purely coincidental, although we can be sure that Gene Roddenberry read the classics.). Thanks to William Shatner for the suggestion!
So what do you think of the idea of naming the two moons of Pluto Vulcan and Romulus?You have mythology, pos and neg plutorocks.com/ground-rules
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 12, 2013
Mr. Shatner’s second suggestion, Romulus, has a bit of a problem because it is already the name of a moon. Romulus, along with his brother Remus, are the names of the moons of the asteroid 87 Sylvia. They were discovered by a team led by my good colleague Franck Marchis, now a senior scientist at the SETI Institute.
Even if you have already voted at plutorocks.seti.org, feel free to return and express your opinion about Vulcan as the name for one of Pluto’s moons.