Summary/Annotation -> The New York Times best-selling author chronicles America's irrational love affair with Pluto, man's best celestial friend. In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog. The year of Pluto's discovery, Disney created an irresistible pup by the same name, and, as one NASA scientist put it, Pluto was "discovered by an American for America." Pluto is entrenched in our cultural, patriotic view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a quest to discover why. Only Tyson can tell this story: he was involved in the first exhibits to demote Pluto, and, consequently, Pluto lovers have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third graders. In his typically witty way, Tyson explores the history of planet classification and America's obsession with the "planet" that's recently been judged a dwarf.
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$a Tyson, Neil deGrasse.
$a The Pluto files : $b the rise and fall of America's favorite planet / $c Neil deGrasse Tyson.
$a New York : $b W.W. Norton, $c c2009.
$a p. cm.
$a Includes bibliographical references and index.
$a Traces the history of Pluto and the debate over its planethood, citing its entrenchment in America's cultural and patriotic view of the cosmos to explain its considerable popularity and the reasons why so many people campaigned for the preservation of its status.
$a A Dec08
$a Pluto (Dwarf planet)
$2 BISAC $a Science / Astrophysics & Space Science
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