Pluto is Not the End

(Planetary Blogs) – Emily Lakdawalla:

When New Horizons flew past Pluto last summer, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden heralded it as “the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration” adding that the Pluto encounter “completed the initial survey of the solar system.” NASA’s science chief John Grunsfeld said: “there is very little terra incognita in our solar system today.” These statements are based on an outdated view of our solar system — the hierarchical view of nine planets, with Pluto at the outer end, accompanied by a smattering of less-important bodies — and they threaten the future of NASA’s solar system exploration. …

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Worlds under 10k km


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