Astrophysicist: Love of Pluto the dog led to fury over planet’s demotion March 4th, 2009, 11:42 am · · posted by Adam Townsend, Staff Writer Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson blames the backlash he has received for recognizing Pluto as a dwarf – and not a full-fledged – planet on the popularity of the Disney dog with the same name. In his new book, “The Pluto Files,” Tyson asserts that Americans’ love for Walt Disney’s Pluto the dog caused the public outrage that greeted the planet’s demotion in classification to a dwarf planet. “It’s a hypothesis, but I have no other way to account for it,” he said in a phone interview with Around Disney. Astrophysicist: Love of Pluto the dog led to fury over planet’s demotion - Around Disney - The Orange County Register
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Pluto Pluto, plus moons: Charon, Nix & Hydra. A recent discovery (July 2011) shows that Pluto has four moons: Charon, Nix, P4 , and Hydra. A recent discovery has resulted in Eris being found to be smaller than Pluto. Here is What Wikipedia has to say about Pluto : “Pluto, formal designation is 134340 Pluto. Pluto’s size has been under debate since the discovery of Eris. Pluto is now the largest dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt (a part of our Solar System) followed by Eris .
Is This Proof of Life on Mars? Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter View of Mars from Viking 2 lander, September 1976. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) The Curiosity rover is currently on its way to Mars, scheduled to make a dramatic landing within Gale Crater in mid-August and begin its hunt for the geologic signatures of a watery, life-friendly past. Solid evidence that large volumes of water existed on Mars at some point would be a major step forward in the search for life on the Red Planet.
Pluto moon discovery hints at future surprises for NASA probe The discovery of a new moon around Pluto hints that a NASA spacecraft streaking toward the dwarf planet could uncover more surprises when it finally gets there. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition
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More Evidence of Mars’ Watery Past Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The transition between Acidalia Planitia and Tempe Terra from the Mars Express High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). Credit ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has sent back images revealing terrain that seems to have been sculpted by flowing water, lending further support to the hypothesis that Mars had liquid water on its surface at some point.
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Mars's dust bowl image may need a makeover. Dark streaks seen forming in summer and fading in winter might be signs of water flowing just beneath the surface. The sudden appearance of streaks on sloping ground have been attributed to present-day liquid water before, although their origin is still debated. Light streaks have been seen appearing on steep slopes in images taken years apart by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. And seasonal dark streaks have emerged in the north polar region. Dark streaks on Mars bolster case for liquid water - space - 04 August 2011
Dwarf Planets, Pluto Information About Dwarf Planets The world was introduced to dwarf planets in 2006, when petite Pluto was stripped of its planet status and reclassified as a dwarf planet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) currently recognizes two other dwarf planets, Eris and Ceres. What differentiates a dwarf planet from a planet?
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