This is our birthday tribute to Professor Tombaugh and the Tombaugh family, in honor of his discovery and life achievements -- which truly became a harbinger of 21st century planetary astronomy
, said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado.
Additional funding came from NASA's Planetary Atmospheres and Planetary Astronomy
Institute teams formulate concepts, design and manage complex hardware and data systems, develop advanced space borne instrumentation, and address theoretical aspects of space physics and planetary astronomy
You get to see this nice picture of what once was an active little world with water volcanoes and an atmosphere, and it's now just frozen, dead, with an atmosphere that's slowly slipping away," said Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and professor of planetary astronomy
, who is the lead author on a paper.
Mike Brown is a professor of planetary astronomy
at the California Institute of Technology.
and, in particular, the search for extra-solar planets is currently one of the most interesting research areas in astronomy in recent years.
This is among the hottest, most vigorously studied subjects in planetary astronomy
today," Millis says.
Then he traces the evolution of modern ideas about how planets move from Babylonian planetary astronomy
to the Newtonian revolution.
Mike Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy
at Caltech, made the announcement during a NASA teleconference on the evening of July 29th.