Well, that's the first impression we can think about Pluto.
Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, as a planet way back 1930 included in our Solar System.
|(C) Clyde Tombaugh PH.D|
But on August 24, 2006 so much of discussions and long-running debate it was revoked of its planetary status. Pluto was reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet.
Who named PLUTO then? Is it named after a Greek or Roman god? Is it really from Walt Disney Cartoon Character?
The name PLUTO came from a whim suggestion of a 12 year old girl during breakfast. Her name is VENETIA BURNEY.
|Venetia Burney, as a young girl|
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A British girl who had unusual or unexplained suggestion of name shortly after the planet was discovered in February 18, 1930.
I was having breakfast with my mother and grandfather. And my grandfather read out at breakfast the great news and said he wondered what it would be called. And for some reason, I after a short pause, said, "Why not call it Pluto?" I did know, I was familiar with Greek and Roman legends from various children's books that I had read, and of course I did know about the solar system and the names the other planets have. And so I suppose I just thought that this was a name that hadn't been used. ~Venetia Burney speech during the launching of probe at NASA in 2006.
On April 30, 2009, Burney died at age 90, in Banstead in Surrey, she had never got the chance to see the NEW HORIZON probe make the first ever fly-by and the shot of Pluto then.
|NEW HORIZON and the planet|
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PLUTO become the official name and unanimously won it during a vote.
After the discovery, Clyde Tombaugh and his other colleagues at Arizona's Lowell Observatory didn't have a name in mind. So they ask for a name suggestion by posting it on a Newspaper.
|Headline announcing the new planet and yet to be named|
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Received dozens of answers from all over the world---including Pluto. In May 26,1930, with the series of discussions by the astronomers from the suggested names like PLUTO, MINERVA and CRONUS, Roger Lowell Putnam, trustee of the observatory, announced that PLUTO had unanimously won.
Why PLUTO and not MINERVA or CRONUS?
Their first choice is MINERVA,the goddess of wisdom, if her name had not for so many years been borne by an asteroid.
CRONUS, is the son of Uranus and the father of Neptune, this would be appropriate name for the planet.
While PLUTO, the god of regions of darkness where planet X holds sway. But what made PLUTO got it's name, because it began with letter P and L. An homage to Percival Lowell, the founder of the observatory and the originator of the search for Pluto.
Now after New Horizon Probe launched in January 2006 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, finally it arrives at Pluto after 9 years of waiting. With all the excitement, people are asking to lift and reinstated Pluto as a full planet.
A day of Incredible pride to all the hardworking NASA People and the whole world as well.
With all the fuss and excitement with its popularity, there is sadness knowing that the one who named this planet can no longer see and knew PLUTO well.
Such as like this, that Pluto has mountains made of ice that are as high as those in the Rockies.
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