Space & Planetary Science: July 2005 Archives

Yet Another Big KBO

Astronomers Find a New Planet in Solar System, NY Times

"It is guaranteed bigger than Pluto," said Michael E. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech, who led the team that made the discovery. "Even if it were 100 percent reflective, it would be larger than Pluto. It can't be more than 100 percent reflective."

Planetary Scientists Discover Tenth Planet

"A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system with the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology planetary scientist Mike Brown announced today."

Editor's note: This is a different KBO than the one mentioned below!

Editor's note: The discoverers of this object have a name but they have not released it. If you look at the end of this press release there is a link to a page Caltech. If you follow a link on that page about this discovery it has the name http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/planetlila/index.html. So, is the name suggested for this planet "Lila"? Answer: it is the name of Mike Brown's newborn daughter.

Big KBO Discovered

New world may be double Pluto's size, New Scientist

"An object possibly twice the size of Pluto has been found - hiding in plain sight. The discovery could be the biggest world in the Kuiper belt of rocky objects that orbit the outer reaches of the solar system."

- Near Infrared Spectra from Mauna Kea of the New Brightest Kuiper Belt Object (abstract), 37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
-BrightTrans-Neptunian Object, CSIC
- 2003 EL61, Caltech

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Study To Determine the Impact of the Juno Mission as a Result of Slipping the Launch to 2010 and 2011

NASA Chooses Jupiter as Next Major Spacecraft Destination, Lockheed Martin

"NASA has announced the second mission in its New Frontiers Program: a mission -- called Juno to fly to Jupiter -- that now will proceed to a preliminary design phase."

NASA scrubs Red Planet craft to save green, Rocky Mountain News

"Belt-tightening at NASA has forced the space agency to cancel a planned $500 million Mars orbiter that was expected to be built by Lockheed Martin in Jefferson County. Negotiations between the aerospace company and NASA had been expected to lead to the award of a design-and-build contract for the Mars Telecommunications Orbiter."

Editor's note: Word has it that Mike Griffin wants to delay the Mars Science Laboratory by 2 to 4 years as well - this would mean a launch as late as 2013.

American Astronomical Society Issues a Statement on the Role of Science in the Vision for Space Exploration

"The President's initiative for the civilian space program places emphasis on exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond by humans and robots. Science is exploration, whether it involves directly sampling the surface of Mars, or gathering in the faint and ancient light of distant galaxies. Exploration without science is tourism."


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