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Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level?

Science is slowly facing up to its own problems with monuments to its historical figures, even when they are not on earth

By Philip Ball  

More details Far side of the Moon, photographed by Apollo 16 in 1972

The impromptu removal of the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston from Bristol’s city centre, and the demands for a similar “relocation” of the statue of British arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College in Oxford, have been met with the accusation that such acts “erase history.” The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writing in defence of the status of Winston Churchill in central London (which no one was calling to be taken down), said that “If we start…

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