Posted by Lydia on February 6th, 2009
Pluto supporters will have another chance to plead the evicted dwarf planet’s case this year. Mark Sykes, Director of Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, will attend this year’s meeting of the IAU in Rio de Janeiro.
Will this year’s conference reunion vote to reinstate Pluto and in doing so, add a few extra planetary members (Ceres, Eris and Charon – Pluto’s diminutive moon) to our Solar System?
In 2006, six months before Pluto was cast out of the Planetary fold, NASA launched the nuclear powered New Horizons probe scheduled to reach Pluto in 2015.