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How do I rename a probe to be debris?

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Normally to rename a vessel I would fly the vessel right click on the controlling component and then can redesignate it appropriately, which is quite useful when I land a rover and Kerbal decides it is still a ship.

Tidying up some stuff I find that I have a probe in the tracking station which is actually just a piece of debris. From the tracking station I can see "Minmus rover station 1 probe 1"

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But when I go to it this is what I have;

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How do I rename that?

 

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Wow, that's a strange one.  Usually that would be ".... probe debris".  So some glitch occurred and it would probably be a good idea just to terminate that part so it doesn't infect the rest of your game.

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2 hours ago, jnbspace said:

"Minmus rover station 1 Probe"

Apparently, that part had a probe core attached to it at one point.  I don't know how you launched everything originally, but something is obviously missing--that's a decoupler, not a separator, and it ought to be attached to something.  If you detached from a part that had a probe core but then the probe core exploded because of exhaust impingement or collision, KSP won't necessarily re-brand it as debris.  That only happens when you detach something that has no control points whatsoever, and in this case, it is explained by the probe core not being the root part.  I don't think it a glitch so much as an uncommon, but normal, occurrence, but I'm with @Geschosskopf either way--it's best to terminate it and move on.

2 hours ago, jnbspace said:

How do I rename that?

However, to answer your question, you can rename it in the Tracking Station.  Go to the tracking station and click the information button as in your first image.  Click the orange banner of that window (the part that has the name of the vessel)--or double-click; I don't recall which--and it will give you a rename dialogue with the option to mark the thing as debris.

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Double click the name of the craft in the information window, as Zhetaan said.

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