NASA Planet X Announcement

“Hi I’m Jim Green director of planetary science at NASA.

You know NASA works with the International science community to explore our solar system and beyond we look to unravel the mysteries that intrigue us all as we explore and answer the big questions questions.

How did the earth originate and change over time? How did the solar system begin and evolve and what will be its destiny what will be our destiny?

Last July 14th NASA’s new Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto capping a half-century of exploration of our solar system. It peeked our interest about what lies beyond Pluto and what can we learn about ourselves in the origins of our solar system.

The idea of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and I think for all of us the January 20th paper in the astronomical journal is fueling our interest in planetary exploration and stimulating a healthy debate that’s part of the scientific process.

I couldn’t be more pleased about what’s happening, you know it’s all about starting the process that could lead to an exciting result. It is not however the detection of a new planet, it’s too early to say with certainty that there’s a so-called Planet X out there.

What we’re really seeing is an early prediction based on modeling from limited observations what’s exciting is that like NASA’s journey to Mars or new Horizons flyby of Pluto.

You will have a front-row seat to see how the scientific process unfolds theories like this serve to stimulate ideas and conversation. They tap into our innate curiosity it’s important for us to continue to work and we will anytime we have an interesting idea.

This we always apply Carl Sagan’s rules for critical thinking which include independent confirmation of the facts looking for alternate explanations and encouraging scientific debate. If Planet X is out there we’ll find it together or we’ll determine an alternate explanation for the data that we’ve received so far now. Let’s go explore.”

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