Moon Is A Planet?: Netizens Ask Former NASA Engineer Anita Sengupta

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Former NASA engineer Anita Sengupta invited widespread criticism after calling Moon a planet in her tweet regarding the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander.

Written By Pragya Puri | Mumbai | Updated On:

On September 10, Anita Sengupta posted a tweet regarding the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander which was circulated on social media. The former NASA engineer called Moon a planet in her tweet. Vikram lander has taken a toll on social media with unexpected reactions from the netizens, as it was unable to smoothly land on Moon’s lunar surface.

Moon is a planet?

Sengupta's tweet went viral for calling Moon a planet. Many netizens started to question her credibility as someone who has experience of 20 years in the aeronautics. Not only this, she an important point of contact in the launch of Curiosity rover, which was sent to Mars. Nevertheless, it was her reply to the so-called “mansplainers” which won hearts across the internet. She tweeted about the Chandrayaan mission saying:

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Twitter witnessed strong comebacks

Some netizens brought up the "mistake" Sengupta made in calling Moon a planet, “Agree with everything you said – proud of ISRO – but the moon isn’t a planet but a satellite,” read one of the numerous remarks on her post. But since she is an expert on the subject herself, there was no way she would ignore. She tweeted in response and her reaction went viral on social media. It quickly took the center stage. People reacted that science should not be gender discriminated.


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Who is a 'Mansplainer'

She was criticized for using the term ‘Mansplainer’ as that would initiate another gender war amidst the scientific facts. The term is precisely used when a man explains something to a woman in a typical way. It is usually while someone establishes patriarchy while leaving a patronizing and condescending remark. In order to be more accurate, she decided to share a flow chart for a better understanding of the term ‘mansplainer’.

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