Re: Survey of American Attitudes Toward and Knowledge of Science

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 23:04:20 MDT

At 09:45 PM 24/06/00 -0500, EvMick wrote:

>stubbornly insisted that Pluto WASN'T the 9th planet....THEN (about
>1956....pluto has a very eccentric was the 8th planet from the
>sun at that time....probably still is come to think of it)....

I had the impression it was now out there again, but maybe not. If you made
that claim in 1956 you might have been a bit too quick off the mark.
According to one of my first space books (1957, pre-Sputnik, cost a lot of
hard-earned money for a kid even secondhand but god I loved that book):
`The next perihelion passage occurs in 1989, and from 1969 to 2009 Pluto
will not mark the far boundary of the solar system' (THE SPACE ENCYCLOPAEDIA).

Maybe more recent info has corrected this.


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