NASA Chief Picks Sides in Emotional Pluto Debate
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke to reporters at an aerospace engineering lab in Boulder, Colorado
Published Aug 29, 2019 at 12:31 PM | Updated at 12:32 PM PDT on Aug 29, 2019
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.”