In the third decade of the last century,
was given the job of
finding the mysterious ‘Planet X’
remembers the man.
In early 1930, after an exhaustive search, Tombaugh finally discovered a small object orbiting beyond
Neptune. It was immediately hailed as the ninth planet, and
named by a young British girl
for the god of the underworld. That
same year, Walt Disney Studios introced a new character,
a dog named Pluto
In many astronomers’ view, Pluto is still a planet.
of several years ago is
not universally accepted
. In just over a year, Last year, we saw our first closeup
views of this distant object through the eyes of the
New Horizons mission
encounters the planet.