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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 9:53 p.m. PST

"You begin to wake up from stasis as your lander descends to Pluto's surface. You strain to locate the Sun in the sky as you peek out the window; you finally spot it at the zenith as you wipe your eyes. Though brighter than anything else in the sky, the Sun is now 40 times farther than it was when you were on Earth, and it provides less than one-thousandth the light. Though it's noon on the dwarf planet's surface, it still feels like night: All the stars are visible, though a blue haze seems to ring the horizon and give the lowest stars a slight twinkle. Mountainous features are mostly dim silhouettes against the starry sky.

As the lander touches down, you notice how light you feel—the force of gravity is around one-fifteenth of what you're used to on Earth. You look up again, hoping to see Charon, Pluto's neighbor. But, just as the travel agent said, it's not visible. The two dwarf planets are tidally locked, meaning they always present the same side to one another in their orbit. The side of Pluto's surface you're visiting is opposite Charon's orbit, so you'll have to catch a view from the transport ship on the ride home…"
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HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 4:01 a.m. PST

Going to Pluto would be Goofy.

Dave Jackson18 Feb 2020 6:11 a.m. PST

Bit of a mickey mouse expedition tho….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

Ha!Ha!…

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d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 1:13 p.m. PST

Nice article, but a bad place for a flat tire…

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2020 1:21 p.m. PST

Not to worry, by the time we get out there Tesla will have road service available.

Zephyr118 Feb 2020 4:11 p.m. PST

"What Would It Be Like to Take a Road Trip Across Pluto?"

There would be a bump as the car drove over him, then everybody would be sad…

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2020 6:54 a.m. PST

Zephyr for the win.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2020 10:56 a.m. PST

(smile)

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