Countdown: Three Days 2 comments


Ever since that fateful day in 2006 when the scientific community declared that Pluto was no longer a planet and was merely a dwarf planet, I’ve been waiting for the li’l-iceball-dwarf-planet-that-could to make a triumphant comeback. In recent years, the push to reinstate Pluto’s planetary status has gained momentum. Who knew something 3.26 billion miles away would matter so much to people on this planet? Regardless of its planetary status, Pluto has continued to occupy a spot in the hearts and minds of scientists and the general public alike. This Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Pluto will once again take center stage as NASA’s New Horizons #PlutoFlyBy takes place.

As inexplicably excited I am by this event, it’s diminished somewhat by the above video. I’m not disappointed by the information so much as the video production, typos in the transcript, and stiffness of the presenters. The video’s production value is on par with our Live On Tape show in the early 90’s. I’m choosing to view this as how cutting edge we were and not how behind the times NASA is. At least they made it a little more modern with the Pluto In A Minute (#PlutoTime) series:

Personally, I could do without all the cuts as it just makes it a bit jarring to me. At least Amy Shira Teitel’s performance makes it much more palatable.

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  • Tiffany

    As much as we love Pluto, he really shouldn’t be a planet anymore. Super, super excited for the New Horizons flyby, though!

    • pcalderone

      You’re right. Unless Pluto somehow clears its orbit or they change the classification to be a planet, it will just be a dwarf planet (and for some reason my mind now flashes to Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just A Bill” – my brain, I don’t know). I wonder what the reasoning is behind the renewed interest in reclassifying Pluto. Perhaps its simply nostalgia. For most people born before the early 90’s, we learned there were 9 planets revolving around the sun. Now there’s only 8. Maybe it’s a conspiracy [cue the X-Files theme] by the pizza syndicate to ensure its supremacy over nachos. Mnemonic devices, what??