Satellite named after Monkey King
The DarkMatter Particle Explorer, a Chinese satellite that is set to explore the nature of dark matter in space, got a nickname on Wednesday— Wukong— in honor of theMonkey King. The name was selected by theNational Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from a list of suggestions made by the public. The Monkey King is a character in the classic Chinese tale,
A worldwide campaign was launched to solicit a name for the satellite, and 32,000 entries were submitted between Sept 29 and Oct 31.