Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Pluto Still a Mystery 75 Years Later

Associated Press Writer

February 13, 2005, 1:07 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- It's been 75 years since the discovery of Pluto, but it remains a mystery. Perhaps in another 10 years some of its secrets will be revealed when a space probe gets close enough for a good look.

Pluto was quickly heralded as the ninth planet in the solar system when it was spotted Feb. 18, 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, a young amateur astronomer at Lowell Observatory. It still holds that title today, if somewhat tenuously.

"It's a misbehaved planet if you want to think about it as a planet," said Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

Tyson provocatively removed Pluto from his exhibit of planets five years ago, lumping it instead with a belt of comets at the edge of the solar system.

"I still have folders of hate mail from third-graders," he said.

>> More to be said of Pluto at the link above. - LRK -

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Moon and Mars - Videos