NASA Chief Picks Sides in Emotional Pluto Debate

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke to reporters at an aerospace engineering lab in Boulder, Colorado

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Is Pluto a planet, as generations of schoolchildren learned? Or is it really a dwarf planet, as astronomy’s official governing body has determined?

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says it’s the former.

“Just so you know, in my view Pluto is a planet,” he told reporters Aug. 23 while touring an aerospace engineering lab in Boulder, Colorado. “It’s the way I learned it and I’m committed to it.”

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