NASA Boss Declares Pluto Is Still A Planet

  • NASA Boss Declares Pluto Is Still A Planet

NASA Boss Declares Pluto Is Still A Planet

Many other scientists have always been having heated discussions about Pluto's status as a solar system planet including Alan Stern who is considered one of Pluto's biggest defenders.

"In my view, Pluto is a planet and you can write that the NASA administrator declared Pluto a planet once again", Bridenstine said.

But now, in what history may record as either a fearless call to arms, beseeching the scientific community to band together against the tyranny of the IAU or, more likely, an off-the-cuff, likely tongue-in-cheek remark, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had declared his unwavering belief that Pluto is indeed a planet. According to the union, a celestial body should orbit the Sun, should have a round shape, and should clear its neighbourhood, which means the planet has to be the dominant gravitational body in its orbit, reports Space.com.

Pluto is not only the smallest object to have been officially classified as a planet in our solar system, but it is also smaller than some of the moons. Recently, during a tour of the Aerospace Engineer Sciences Building at the University of Colorado, the NASA administrator declared that Pluto is still a planet in his point of view, at least.

"You can write that the NASA Administrator declared Pluto a planet once again. It's the way I learned it, and I'm committed to it".

However, following Nasa's New Horizons mission to Pluto in 2015 made several major discoveries that added fuel to the debate which was even a subject of Rick and Morty episode.

Of course, Bridenstine's comment is lighthearted, and it hasn't changed Pluto's official classification, but it has sparked up the debate on Pluto's classification that has been going for over a decade.

Bridenstine, who has no background in science and previously served in Congress and the US Navy before joining NASA, made his declaration at a particularly painful time - the anniversary of Pluto's demotion. "The first crime in space was kicking Pluto out of the planet club", another, riffing on a news.

There was also a certain degree of NIMBY-ism behind the decision: astronomers had discovered multiple objects in our solar system that were indeed larger than Pluto (including ).

In 2006, the IAU adopted another definition for planethood.

They all think that the IAU definition for Pluto is flawed and it doesn't have enough arguments to support it.

The debate will definitely continue and we'll keep you updated about it.