NASA Administrator Sticks To Still Considering Pluto As A Planet

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine visiting NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans

NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Says Pluto Should Be Classified As Planet

The IAU said that many of Pluto's properties were more suited to that of a dwarf planet, including the space around it and a clear orbit. However, the decision has not been taken well by many and that certainly includes the newly appointed NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Bridenstine recently spoke out about his support for Pluto as a planet during a tour of the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at the University of Colorado Boulder.

"It seems like Bridenstine has made more of an informal remark to go with the spirit of general public who likes to remember Pluto as a full-fledged planet because of our formal school textbooks saying so for a long time", said Sekhar.

"You can write that the NASA administrator declared Pluto a planet once again", Bridenstine said at a conference Friday. "I'm sticking by that, it's the way I learned it and I'm committed to it".

An episode in the series tackles the debate of whether or not Pluto should gain its planetary status back or remain as a dwarf-planet.

Four images from New Horizons were combined with color data from the spacecraft to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto
Pluto Still Deserves to Be a Planet, NASA Chief Says

While the matter is long settled, some people are finding it hard to get over Pluto not being a planet anymore. These scientists are against the idea that Pluto didn't clear the neighborhood around its orbit.

A sign honoring Clyde Tombaugh, the Streator-native astronomer who discovered Pluto, has been placed next to the Pluto sculpture on the northwest side of Anderson Fields Golf Course in Streator.

Pluto had lost its status in 2006, in a cumulative decision taken by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

"Pluto IS a planet!". However, it keeps the conversation going, stirring spirits up about little cold Pluto, and more importantly, it showcases a problem in our classification system: we still don't really know what can be called a planet. The first two being that the object has to orbit a host star and be roundish in form had been met by Pluto. Astronomers think like a Goblin of small bodies in the outer Solar system can be thousands. Alan Stern, the leader of NASA's New Horizons mission to research Pluto, has always been a staunch critic of its reclassification. And certainly, we do not want a lone ranger (Bridenstine) helping the underdog (Pluto) to emerge victorious on the battlefield against an organisation (IAU).

In 2006, the IAU adopted another definition for planethood.

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