Saturday, March 10, 2007

"New Mexico Lawmaker Petitions to Restore Pluto's Planet Status"

There must not be much to do in New Mexico.

The state of New Mexico could effectively secede from the astronomical community if a resolution to call Pluto a planet is passed.

Joint House Memorial 54 was introduced by representative Joni Marie Gutierrez, who represents Dona Ana County. It states that Pluto, the recently demoted object, "be declared a planet and that March 13, 2007 be declared 'Pluto Planet Day' at the legislature."

Faugh. It doesn't matter what classification we give to Pluto. It is still a part of our solar family, and we are still going to explore it. This arguing over whether or not it is a planet is risible.

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