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Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds

Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)  Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute conducts Hubble science operations.

Goddard is responsible for HST project management, including mission and science operations, servicing missions, and all associated development activities.

In the year 1930, a tiny dwarf planet of about 737.6 mi, which is just a bit smaller the Rhode Island, was discovered. This planet is called Pluto, our favorite dwarf planet since 2006. Pluto currently stands 327 light minutes from the sun, that is about 3654860630.14 miles away. If an astronaut planned to travel to Pluto it would take 9 years, 5 months and 25 days to reach the surface of that tiny dwarf planet. Pluto’s surface is composed of 98% Nitrogen ice. It sure makes it a pretty cool planet, a winter wonderland. On the date March 23rd, 2178, this small planet will complete its first orbit around the sun since discovery. It will take this planet 248 earth years to complete an orbit. Hopefully this little lone planet makes a breathtaking orbit around the sun. One day your great grand children will tell the tale of Pluto’s orbit. In addition, Pluto has 5 beautiful moons that orbit peacefully around the planet:

-Charon
-Hyrdra
-Kerberos
-Nix
-Styx

Even though it is light years away, Pluto will always be close to our hearts. Don’t forget about Pluto. Pluto is family and ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind, not even Pluto. One day we will look up in the sky and see tiny Pluto orbiting high above our atmosphere.

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