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July 30th, 2005

Tenth Planet Found: New Vacation Spot?

Apparently NASA has discovered a new planet past Pluto. We’re talking way past Pluto – it’s 9 billion miles away from the sun. Check it out.

Of course the first thing I thought was, “Does it have a Club Med yet?”

I really do find this fascinating. There was a time in grammar school when we all had to pick planets to write about for a presentation on the solar system (go figure). I had just read about Charon and was under the impression that it was a planet, not a moon. Unfortunately there was next-to-no information out there about this planet/moon/thing, so I had to change over to a planet that was already taken by another student. I think I chose Neptune, probably the most boring planet there is.

I just hope there isn’t a kid who writes a paper on this new planet to find out that it, too, was just a moon.

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FROM: heather
DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 10:14:25 am
this is very interesting. my 2 1/2 year old son is VERY into planets. Thanks to Blue's Clues "The Planet Song", he can name them all and give a little fact about them (we hear all about how Saturn has icy rings). I'm not sure how we fit 2003UB313 into the song however... By the time he gets into school he could be the one with your particular deliemma.

FROM: snaily
DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 11:17:25 am
I have always been fascinated about space. i agree- does it have a private community on it yet? maybe a few public swimming pools, a playground. anyway, not to change the subject, am i the only one who thinks nasa is incompitent? after columbia went down from a large piece of foam, nasa spent two years fixing the problem. and now the exact same thing happens again! if our astronauts die in Discovery, i swear I'm going to start rioting.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday August 1, 2005 -- 12:38:08 pm
Seems like the big debate centers around choosing "a more melodious name" than 2003UB313.

I propose "Goofy."

Goofy? January 8, 2007, 5:18 pm

Actually, the potential planet in question is called Xena (Don’t ask!).

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