Nasa spacecraft makes history as the first spacecraft to reach distant dwarf planet, the last unexplored world in solar system.

 

NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

 

 

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After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to e*plore a world so far from Earth.

I like the images of Pluto.

I can even see a heartshape on Sue's image.

 

I hear that NASA has found a new planet resembling the Earth.

 

It is a planet a little more than one and a half times as big in radius as Earth. Known asKepler 452b, it circles a sunlike star in an orbit that takes 385 days, just slightly longer than our own year.

Today is a historic day—one that will bring joy to the hundreds of millions of Pluto lovers around the globe. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the body that is responsible for naming and classifying objects in the cosmos, has just announced that Pluto has been reclassified as a major planet.

That’s right, the little dwarf will be rejoining the ranks of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Planet-X (the planet that will surely spell doom for all humanity).

As many of you know, in 2006, the IAU made their infamous vote, deciding to demote everyone’s favorite planet to a “dwarf planet” – it didn’t meet the criteria needed to be a full-sized planet. Immediately after this 2006 announcement, the public exploded with outrage. There were a number of campaigns launched that were aimed at ensuring that Pluto was reinstated as a planet. These met with no success.

But all of that just changed, After years of deliberation, the IAU announced in a press release that they have reclassified the icy world—they upgraded Pluto back to its proper standing as a planet.

“We simply underestimated the public’s attachment to Pluto. We realized our error shortly after the decision came down to demote it,” said Dr. Amy Joggy, professor at the Institute of Planetary Studies and head of the IAU’s Planetary Classification and Experimental Nomenclature Task Force.

“We didn’t think anyone would really care if a little clump of ice and rock on the outskirts of the solar system was reclassified. Today, we take steps to correct this most grievous of errors.”

In addition to Pluto’s reclassification, Dr. Joggy has also proposed that the IAU create a new category of planet called a “hyper-planet.” These hyper-planets, according to Dr. Joggy, are like regular planets but at least two times as awesome.

It has also been proposed that Pluto be made an honorary member of this new planetary class. “In all honesty, we feel bad for the way we treated Pluto and, more importantly, all those that cared about it so greatly – the public showed us our error. Hopefully, the new class of planet will be created without a hitch, and Pluto will be added as the first member. It’s only fair.”

https://futurism.com/pluto-rec...ed-as-a-major-planet

I saw a documentary on Pluto last night, and I love this little dwarf planet. They better call it a planet I love the heart on it, means it is a friendly planet.

Now, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has reignited the fierce debate over Pluto’s status by unexpectedly come out in favor of it being a planet. “Just so you know, in my view, Pluto is a planet,” Bridenstine said in a tongue in cheek clip posted to Twitter. “You can write that the NASA Administrator declared Pluto a planet once again. I’m sticking by that. It’s the way I learned it. I’m committed to it.”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/...anet-nasa-brian-may/

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