“Pluto is dead. Pluto is not a planet, there are finally, officially, eight planets in the solar system.” said Caltech researcher Mike Brown at the time of the vote by 424 astronomers at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague.
I’m no space expert, but I think it’s fair to say that the stunning success of the recent “New Horizons” Mission to Pluto by NASA has been a major PR win for the “Pluto is a proper planet” side of the argument.
A series of stunning images were relayed back to earth from a distance of over 3.5 BILLION Miles, and if the technology holds out, the spacecraft will continue to send back new imagery and data for months to come, due to the time it takes to transfer the information over such a vast distance.
It’s just another example of the new era of space exploration that is upon us.
But is Pluto still a proper planet ? Watch the videos below and decide for yourself.