Saturday, August 26, 2006
more Pluto...probing Pluto
...Pluto was disqualified because its highly elliptical orbit overlaps with that of Neptune.Pluto vote 'hijacked' in revolt.
But Dr Stern pointed out that Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune have also not fully cleared their orbital zones. Earth orbits with 10,000 near-Earth asteroids. Jupiter, meanwhile, is accompanied by 100,000 Trojan asteroids on its orbital path.
These rocks are all essentially chunks of rubble left over from the formation of the Solar System more than four billion years ago.
"If Neptune had cleared its zone, Pluto wouldn't be there," he added...
...and also, a great thank you to SB_Gypsy of The Gypsy's Caravan for this link: NASA's Pluto probe takes off.