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NASA is considering a possible return to Pluto with a longer stay

NASA is considering returning to Pluto for a while. The space agency has funded the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to conduct a comprehensive study on a possible Pluto orbiter mission. The study will identify design and instrument requirements and examine the feasibility and cost of the potential project, SwRI representatives said. The SwRI leads NASA's New Horizons Mission which flipped …

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NASA is considering a Pluto Orbiter mission

NASA's New Horizons mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spaceship sped past Pluto so fast that we only received high-resolution images from one side of the planet, the so-called "encounter page." New Horizons gave us a big leap in understanding, but in a way it required more questions than it answered. The next …

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NASA is considering plans for a Pluto orbiter

This site may be subject to affiliate commissions via the links on this page. Terms of Use. NASA's New Horizons probe reached Pluto in 2015, but zoomed out beyond the dwarf planet in minutes due to its tremendous speed. Now the agency is considering the possibility of sending another mission to Pluto, but this would remain in orbit to investigate …

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NASA boss jokingly tells Pluto about the planet and lets everyone hope

It's been 13 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet – and fans of the celestial body are still not over it. Everyone, from children to respected astronomers, has argued that Pluto deserves the title of the ninth planet in our solar system. According to IFL Science, even the boss of NASA has become known as Team Planet Pluto. …

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Queen guitarist Brian May weighs on Pluto as a planet

Brian May visited NASA's New Horizons team in 2015. NASA / Joel Kowsky You may not care what Keith Richards or Jimmy Page think about Pluto's status as a dwarf planet, but when Queen guitarist Brian May talks about it, it's worth listening to. May, who earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 2007, published his thoughts on Pluto late on …

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The NASA boss insists that Pluto is still a planet

Pluto: Forever a planet in our hearts. NASA / Getty Images Fans of Pluto found it hard to let go of the fact that it's not a planet anymore. Although the cosmic body was downgraded more than a decade ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is apparently unwilling to give up the fight. "Just so you know, in my view, Pluto …

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If Pluto is a planet, so am I.

Here's what I think of Pluto] Video this week . I assume that Bridenstine was just kidding because someone in the background is laughing and I think I see a grin on his face. But now is a good time to discuss the complicated question of Pluto's Planethood. Pluto is a planet. Pluto is not a planet either. The word …

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NASA Administrator says Pluto is still a planet and things are getting hot

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the planetary scientists celebrated an annoying anniversary. It took 13 years for Pluto's official definition to change – what was once one of the planets of the solar system was now a modest dwarf planet. But not everyone agreed with the International Astronomical Union's decision – and now NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has joined the …

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