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  3. Why is this about the history of exploration?
  4. Why is this about the literature of exploration?
  5. Why is this about the Underworld?
  6. Won't you need more themes?
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3. Why is this about the history of exploration?


Pluto will be a major milestone in the history of solar system exploration. Of the nine planets many of us learned about as children, it is the last one to be observed up-close by a spacecraft. Today, it is considered our point of entry into the Kuiper belt, the swarm of bodies outside the orbit of Neptune, of which Pluto is an especially large and especially close member. It is unlike any body we have seen before.

As we explore Pluto, we are reminded of the many other feats of individuals and groups who have push humanity's reach outward. These three naming themes are related to the spirit of exploration:
  • Historic explorers: those who pioneered the exploration of the land, sea and sky.
  • Space missions and spacecraft: the launch vehicles that have carried our people and our tools into space, and the instruments we have used to explore the cosmos.
  • Scientists and engineers: those who have contributed to our understanding of Pluto and the solar system.
Read one blog on the theme of exploration here.