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November 20, 2014
Pluto's Exotic Chemistry
Laurel MD (SPX) Nov 19, 2014
My connection to Pluto and Charon is quite different from that of other scientists who write for the New Horizons website. Certainly I'm excited about the chance to visit and study objects in the outermost of our solar system's three major regions. Who wouldn't be? There can only be one first encounter and we're now about to experience it, with all the suspense and surprises that it will entail. It will be a scientific-historical event that present and future generations will remember as our first ... read more

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Democracy has spoken, Pluto should be a planet
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New Horizons Spies Charon Orbiting Pluto
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