posted on Aug, 28 2006 @ 08:28 AM
A fierce backlash has begun against the decision by astronomers to strip Pluto of its status as a planet. But the lead scientist on Nasa's robotic
mission to Pluto has lambasted the ruling, calling it "embarrassing". And the chair of the committee set up to oversee agreement on a definition
implied that the vote had effectively been "hijacked".
He added: "There were 2,700 astronomers in Prague during that 10-day period. But only 10% of them voted this afternoon. Those who disagreed and were
determined to block the other resolution showed up in larger numbers than those who felt 'oh well, this is just one of those things the IAU is
Pluto vote 'Hijacked'