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.

Read more ~ Astronomy Magazine

Top: Charon and Pluto - ‘the new Mars’
    Credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SWRI
Bottom: A colorized relief map of Mars’ Hellas region.
    Credit: Planetary Science Institute

The sun illuminates, individualizes, or blinds what it touches.
The moon deepens, submits to, or adopts what it touches.
Mercury tricks, enlightens, or manages what it touches.
Venus beautifies, arouses, or seduces what it touches.
Mars ignites, brutalizes, or compels what it touches.
Jupiter inflates, dumbfounds, or intoxicates what it touches.
Saturn constricts, fortifies, or coaches what it touches.
Uranus electrifies, personalizes, or disturbs what it touches.
Neptune submerges, softens, or conceals what it touches.
Pluto destroys, exposes, or controls what it touches.

Pluto is a dwarf planet, and thats okay

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