NASA Chief Picks Sides in Emotional Pluto Debate - NBC Southern California
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

NASA Chief Picks Sides in Emotional Pluto Debate

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke to reporters at an aerospace engineering lab in Boulder, Colorado

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Be the Toast of the Breeders’ Cup
    AP
    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talks to reporters in front of the core stage of the Space Launch System, which will power the Artemis 1 lunar mission, as he visits the NASA Michaud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 15, 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.”