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BBC calls NASA’s Artemis moon rocket ‘unmanned’ and not ‘unmanned’ to avoid offending

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BBC calls NASA’s Artemis moon rocket ‘unmanned’ and not ‘unmanned’ to avoid offending

  • During a news feed, Alan Smith described an ‘unmanned’ flight planned
  • The newscaster was not told by the producers to use the gender neutral terminology
  • The latest version, recently updated, also tells staff to use the acronym LGBT. not to use

The Artemis I rocket was called ‘unmanned’ by BBC reporting because the style guide says that journalists should avoid gender-based language.

During a news review on the Today program, Alan Smith described an “unmanned” flight planned as part of NASA’s moon mission.

The newscaster was not told by the producers to use the gender-neutral terminology, the BBC has said, but reporters are advised not to use words like ‘unmanned’.

For the words ‘manned/crew/manpower’ the BBC style guide says: ‘In a mixed workforce it is more accurate to use manned, staff, staff level etc. Similarly, avoid ‘man in the street’.’

The company’s style guide also states that “humanity” is “open to objections of sexism” and that it is “safer to write the human race, people etc,” reported The Telegraph.

The latest version, updated in 2020 and 2021, also tells staff not to use the acronym LGBT because the “issues that affect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders can be very different and the more specific we can be with our language, the better. ‘

NASA’s moon rocket stands on Pad 39B after Tuesday scrub for the Artemis 1 mission to orbit the moon at Kennedy Space Center

It comes after it was revealed that BBC staff were told there are over 150 genders.

They were also urged to develop their “trans brand” by listing their pronouns on email signoffs.

Emails were sent to radio producers and program editors asking them to attend training seminars by Global Butterflies, a transgender lobby group behind the controversial ‘Genderbread person’ image, which the BBC hosted last summer and fall.

The BBC withdrew its controversial diversity program from LGBT charity Stonewall last November – but whistleblowers believe ‘Stonewall has injected the ideology into the BBC and is still circulating’.

According to material leaked to the Telegraph, staff were shown a range of gender-neutral pronouns to use, including “xe, xem, xyrs.”

The launch of the most powerful rocket the world has ever seen for a mission to the moon will meet again at 2:17 p.m. eastern time Saturday, with a two-hour window, NASA told reporters on Tuesday.

General view of the Broadcasting House, the BBC's headquarters, in central London

General view of the Broadcasting House, the BBC’s headquarters, in central London

The historic launch was delayed after a leak in engine three could not be repaired in time for the scheduled flight.

According to the agency, a liquid hydrogen fuel line has not properly cooled one of the Space Launch System’s (SLS’s four core stage engines), which are part of the preparations needed before the engine can ignite.

However, NASA said there is no need to change the engine. Officials clarified on Tuesday that there is nothing physically wrong with the engine that would have prevented proper cooling, but they rather suspect a sensor is faulty.

Replacing the sensor before Saturday’s launch attempt is not feasible, NASA officials said.

Instead, the team behind the latest mission to the moon will begin its “hydrogen venting” — the process of circulating hydrogen to cool the engines in preparation for flight — will begin about 30 to 45 minutes earlier than the previous attempt.

Officials stressed that they will “continue to pour over the data from the first launch attempt” pending similar results from the sensor.

Another potential obstacle to a Saturday launch is the weather.


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