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New Mexico Lawmaker Petitions to Restore Pluto

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posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 06:20 AM
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New Mexico Lawmaker Petitions to Restore Pluto


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The state of New Mexico could effectively secede from the astronomical community if a resolution to call Pluto a planet is passed.

Joint House Memorial 54 was introduced by representative Joni Marie Gutierrez, who represents Dona Ana County. It states that Pluto, the recently demoted object, "be declared a planet and that March 13, 2007 be declared 'Pluto Planet Day' at the legislature."

Pluto was stripped of its planet status last August when a group within the International Astronomical Union voted to call the diminutive, far-flung world a dwarf planet. The decision was immediately and widely criticized by astronomers, many of whom have said it might not stand over time.

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posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 06:20 AM
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This is both laughable and sickening at the same time. Do these damn politicians have nothing better to do than waste the people’s time and tax dollars worrying about such nonsense? If they would leave science to scientists and start taking care of real problems in this country the state of affairs wouldn’t be as bad as it is. It’s time for the people to put their foot down!

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posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 03:55 PM
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Hmmm...nobody interested in Pluto.



posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 05:49 PM
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Only four states in the country rank lower than New Mexico in personal per capita income, and this woman represents Dona Ana county...one of the poorest counties in the state...24th out of 33.

I agree that her time, and our money, could be better spent.


Peace &
Good Fortune
OBE1



posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 06:12 PM
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Yet more political meddling in science...



posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 06:21 PM
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A JOINT MEMORIAL DECLARING PLUTO A PLANET AND DECLARING MARCH 13, 2007, "PLUTO PLANET DAY" AT THE LEGISLATURE.


WHEREAS, the state of New Mexico is a global center for astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science; and

WHEREAS, New Mexico is home to world class astronomical observing facilities, such as the Apache Point observatory, the very large array, the Magdalena Ridge observatory and the national solar observatory; and

WHEREAS, Apache Point observatory, operated by New Mexico state university, houses the astrophysical research consortium's three-and-one-half meter telescope, as well as the unique two-and-one-half meter diameter Sloan digital sky survey telescope; and

WHEREAS, New Mexico state university has the state's only independent, doctorate-granting astronomy department; and

WHEREAS, New Mexico state university and Dona Ana county were the longtime home of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto; and

WHEREAS, Pluto has been recognized as a planet for seventy-five years; and

WHEREAS, Pluto's average orbit is three billion six hundred ninety-five million nine hundred fifty thousand miles from the sun, and its diameter is approximately one thousand four hundred twenty-one miles; and

WHEREAS, Pluto has three moons known as Charon, Nix and Hydra; and

WHEREAS, a spacecraft called new horizons was launched in January 2006 to explore Pluto in the year 2015;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that, as Pluto passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies, it be declared a planet and that March 13, 2007 be declared "Pluto Planet Day" at the legislature.



I can only assume that one of her campaign doners has a sincere interest in this.



posted on Mar, 11 2007 @ 11:28 PM
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Originally posted by befoiled

WHEREAS, New Mexico state university and Dona Ana county were the longtime home of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto;


I suspect this is the true impetus.

Nevada gets the 'Extraterrestrial Highway'...we get 'Planet Pluto Day'.


Peace &
Good fortune
OBE1



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