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NASA Boss Jokingly Declares Pluto a Planet, Gets Everyone’s Hopes Up – Mental Floss

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine came out as Team Planet Pluto at a recent event, reigniting hopes around the body’s planetary status.



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On July 20, 1969, astronauts walked on the Moon for the first time. Just a few weeks earlier, another space-age event had rocked the world: David Bowies single Space Oddity hit airwaves. The song, whose lyrics tell the story of an astronauts doomed journey into space, helped propel the artist to icon status, and five decades later, its still one of his most popular works. 
1. “Space Oddity” was inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Many listeners assumed that “Space Oddity” was riffing on the Apo…

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