Pluto: Still a Planet in New Mexico

Do states' rights include the right to decide what's a planet, too? When Pluto was recently demoted from planet to "dwarf planet," it was a blow to the memory of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto while working at an observatory in Las Cruces, N.M. The Las Cruces Sun-News says New Mexico is striking back. The state's House of Representatives voted to declare Pluto a planet whenever it passes over New Mexico.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

States' rights apparently include the right to decide what's a planet. Astronomers recently demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. That was a blow to the memory of the man who discovered it - Clyde Tombaugh of Las Cruces, New Mexico. His hometown newspaper, the appropriately named Las Cruces Sun-News, says New Mexico is striking back. The State House of Representatives voted that Pluto really is a planet whenever it passes over the state of New Mexico.


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