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Petitioning NASA, International Astronomical Union

Name TOI-1338 b in honor of SOPHIE

Sophie Xeon, known mononymously as SOPHIE, was a highly influential singer, songwriter, and producer who was a great inspiration to the LGBTQIA+ community. Her messages, actions, and music left an insurmountable impression on many LGBTQIA+ individuals. She always pushed a message of individuality and expressing your true self which resonated throughout everything she did.  SOPHIE tragically passed away Saturday, January 30th, 2021 around 4:00 AM EET, in Athens, Greece after an accident while attempting to see the full moon. This event has devastated her fanbase, which had looked up to her for inspiration. A fanbase that took her messages and ran with them, further spreading her influence.  When artist renditions of TOI 1338 b (a circumbinary exoplanet discovered by Wolf Cukier and fellow scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) were featured in the press following the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, many fans noticed the similarities between the interpretations and the aesthetic sense of SOPHIE’s visual work, specifically the cover for her 2018 album Oil of Every Pearl’s UnInsides. I am requesting, at the discretion of the incredible scientists who discovered the planet, that TOI 1338 b be named in honor of the great LGBT+ influence, SOPHIE. Her fans would love to pay homage by having her name be remembered in this way and for her influence to continue to flourish for years to come.

Christian Arroyo
95,207 supporters
Petitioning National Science Foundation, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, NASA

Name the black hole after Chris Cornell

Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we have been able to see the first ever image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87. Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation. He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people. Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play. "Black Hole Sun", written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden's most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the 90's. For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a "surreal" and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music.  I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honor a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it! Giuliana Jarrin@rocknrollpadawan#RockNRollRevolution Quito, Ecuador.

Giuliana Jarrin
70,174 supporters
Petitioning Google, Inc, Apple, Microsoft, NASA

Google, Microsoft et Apple doivent effacer la frontière qui sépare le Maroc de son Sahara.

FRENCH (English below) Nous voulons que Google/Microsoft et Apple adoptent la position américaine qui reconnait la souveraineté du Maroc sur son « Sahara Occidental ». Google, Microsoft et Apple doivent effacer la frontière artificielle qui sépare le Maroc de son Sahara sur toutes leurs cartes géographiques à l’international. Il ya déjà eu une pétition dans les années 2010 qui a amené Google à ajuster ses cartes en fonction de la zone géographique. Ainsi, des adresses IPs situés au Maroc peuvent désormais voir le Maroc historique avec son Sahara. Cependant, des adresses IPs localisées à l’extérieur du pays verront le Maroc amputé de son Sahara. Nous voulons que cela cesse. La diaspora Marocaine à l’étranger représente une bonne quinzaine de millions d’âmes et nous ne pouvons pas accepter de voir notre pays couper en deux à chaque fois que l’on consulte une carte sur Google Map, Bing ou encore Apple. De plus, ces « fausses » cartes sont utilisées par de nombreux journalistes et internautes, ce qui contribue à véhiculer la fausse idée qu’il ya un pays distinct du Maroc avec ses propres frontières dans cette région. Nous appelons toutes les plateformes américaines à s’aligner sur la politique des USA et à adopter la carte officielle du Maroc incluant son Sahara. ENGLISH We demand that Google / Microsoft and Apple adopt the American position, which recognizes Moroccan’s sovereignty over its “Western Sahara”. Google, Microsoft and Apple must erase the artificial border that separates Morocco from its Sahara on all their international maps. There was already a petition back in 2013, which pushed Google to adjust its maps based upon the geographical area. Thus, IP addresses located in Morocco can see the historic Morocco including its Sahara. However, IP addresses located outside of the country will see Morocco cut off from its Sahara. We want this to stop. The Moroccan diaspora abroad represents a good fifteen million souls and we cannot accept to see our country cut in half every time we consult a map on Google Map, Bing or even Apple. In addition to that, these "fake" maps are used by many journalists and Internet users, which amplifies the misconception that there is a country there distinct from Morocco with its own borders. This is wrong. We call upon the US internet companies to align with US foreign policy and adopt the official map of Morocco including its Sahara on all their platoforms.

Bou Nif
25,794 supporters