Space Questions Answered Pt. 2


An image of Mars. Photo credit to NASA.

Abigail McCoy, Secretary

Why was Pluto downgraded from a planet?

In 2005, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered as having 27% more mass than then, planet, Pluto. The definition of planet had to then be revised if the dwarf planet was larger than the ninth planet of our solar system. Pluto, starting henceforth in 2006, has been defined by the International Astronomical Union as a dwarf planet and the dwarf planet population is growing with currently four others.

Why live on mars?

There really isn’t a concrete reason for why or why not you should live on Mars. Are you looking for a new life? Did something happen back on Earth and you are trying to run from your past by colonizing a new planet? Is your partner also moving up to Mars and you don’t want to lose out on your one chance for true love? Your name shall be forever known in the history books as one of the first colonizers of Mars but living on another planet does not bring the guarantee of a full life. You will not be able to visit your friends and family back on earth so you’ll have to leave that all behind. The health risks are huge as modern science doesn’t know how decreased gravity will affect bone density, and human longevity in the long run. All in all, if you want to escape your past and be known for the colonization of a new planet, then move to Mars.

When can we land on the sun?

Short answer, we can’t. Long answer, our space crafts would be immediately incinerated within entering the Sun’s atmosphere as no man made object can withstand the heat of a sun.

What’s the new definition of a planet?

The International Astronomical Union has defined a planet as a celestial body of rigid mass that is large enough to have self-sustained gravity and orbits around a star or another object of increased status such as a black hole. It is very broad but in this new definition of a planet, Pluto has been welcomed back into our solar system with tentative arms.