NASA’s new chief, Jim Bridenstine is a politician with no astronomy or physics knowledge under his belt. Since Trump made him chief, he has declared Pluto a planet again.
This is reminiscent of the time Jerry Smith (Rick and Morty) tried to prove that Pluto is a planet.
- Pluto fiasco may seem like a big issue on the surface with NASA’s name involved. But delving deeper, you find that his claims hold no value.
- The claim stands on the beliefs of the politician. Mr Jim’s argument – he remembers that a teacher in school told him so.
Here’s why Pluto is (not) a planet-
- On 24 August 2006, scientists and astronomers came to a decision that Pluto is a dwarf planet. What are the qualifications of a planet you ask?
- A celestial body can be declared a planet only when it orbits its star in a defined orbit.
- It has enough gravity to be round on its own.
- The planet has to dominate its space in the solar system. In essence, it has to pave its way and clear up all the mess in its orbit.
- This mess includes asteroids, comets and other space debris that comes in its way. Pluto being a DWARF Planet, cannot to that.
- The reason being that its gravitational pull is not large enough. This brings us back to the mass of the planet, albeit indirectly.
- The new chief of NASA has no background in science. On the other side of the story, he is a far-right politician. He is also a non-believer of Climate Change.
- The new NASA chief is appointed by the President of the United States.
- This decision seems to follow the footsteps of Bolsonaro’s firing of the head of the government unit keeping track of Amazon deforestation.
- NASA plans to launch a new mission to land humans on the moon and they want to do it in 5 years. The lack of funds, inefficient timing and spending unnecessary funds for a new (non-reusable) rocket are a few hurdles they already face today.
- Adding Mr Jim Bridenstine to the mix could very well prove to be the final hurdle in place to stop Artemis I.