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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pluto's Secret

"Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery" by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David DeVorkin, 2013

This book is associated with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Many of us grew up believing there were nine planets. We loved to say that Pluto was the adorable last little planet.

As of 2006, Astronomers no longer consider Pluto to be a planet. They had to actually define what a planet was because it had not been done before. This picture book gives the history of Pluto's journey from discovery to today's identification that it is part of the Kuiper Belt. Some refer to Pluto as the dwarf planet.

There is a robotic spacecraft called New Horizons that was launched on January 19, 2006. This will be the first spacecraft to pass Pluto and provide new information. Pluto may reveal even more secrets! It will continue to further explore Kuiper's belt as well.

You can follow additional information on the New Horizons spacecraft expected to reach Pluto in 2015 on the NASA website.

This picture book gives all of the most up-to-date information on Pluto in a child-like story manner that will fascinate children.

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