Why some astronomers consider Pluto ‘the new Mars’
Thanks to all the information pouring in from NASA’s New Horizons
mission, Pluto is making a comeback. As New Horizons principle
investigator Alan Stern says, “Pluto is the new Mars” – and that’s not
just because of its rising popularity.
The nickname, which Stern credits fellow New Horizons team member
Jeff Moore with bestowing, comes in part from several intriguing
similarities the distant icy world shares with the famous red planet.
Both boast an array of surface and atmospheric puzzles sure to keep
scientists intrigued for some time.
“There are really so many ways Pluto reminds us of Mars,” says Stern.
The sunilluminates, individualizes, or blinds what it touches. The moondeepens, submits to, or adopts what it touches. Mercurytricks, enlightens, or manages what it touches. Venusbeautifies, arouses, or seduces what it touches. Marsignites, brutalizes, or compels what it touches. Jupiterinflates, dumbfounds, or intoxicates what it touches. Saturnconstricts, fortifies, or coaches what it touches. Uranuselectrifies, personalizes, or disturbs what it touches. Neptunesubmerges, softens, or conceals what it touches. Plutodestroys, exposes, or controls what it touches.
I love Pluto as much as anyone, and its *okay* that she’s a dwarf planet. Pluto has other cute friends out in her part of the woods
She just isn’t in the same plane of orbit as the other planets. Look at that orbit, its cray:
We can accept Pluto as she is, we don’t need to push her into a mold. Insisting that Pluto is a planet isn’t accepting her as her true self. She is a small, wild, free little dwarf planet and I love her
I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and I’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.