Pluto

The Planetary Status of Pluto

What makes a planet a planet? In 2006, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planet status. Phillip Metzger, a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss to the reasoning behind the reclassification of planets.

SciTech Now Episode 515

In this episode of SciTech Now, finding true darkness; securing 3D printed products; the reclassification of Planets; and restoring the Forest’s ecosystem.

New glimpses of Pluto

Advancements in technology now afford scientists greater opportunities to explore space. In 2006, New Horizons spacecraft was launched on a mission to take images of Pluto. Flyover images from the spacecraft reveal a new perspective on Pluto.

Creating artificial intelligence

Advancements in technology now afford scientists greater opportunities to explore space. In 2006, New Horizons spacecraft was launched on a mission to take images of Pluto. Flyover images from the spacecraft reveal a new perspective on Pluto.

Why the Pluto flyby matters

After almost a decade-long journey and 3 billion miles through the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made history when it passed by Pluto in July of 2015. Dr. Phil Metzger, a planetary physicist at the University of Central Florida Space Institute and former NASA scientist at the Kennedy Space Center, discusses the significance of […]

SciTech Now Episode 208

In this episode of SciTech Now, archaeology moves underwater as researchers discover clues from the past; planetary physicist Phil Metzger on the New Horizons flyby over Pluto; one southern California couple is going to extreme measures to revolutionize the physical therapy industry; and PBS Secrets of the Dead has the extraordinary story of a young […]

The History of Pluto

After a 9.5-year, 3-billion-mile journey through space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made a historic flyby visit to the dwarf planet Pluto. It passed within 7,750 miles of Pluto’s surface, which is roughly the distance between New York and Mumbai, India. It is the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. Here’s a look back at Pluto’s biggest moments on the timeline of human history. Click here to learn more.