Do you think that in about another century the human race will be
able to travel to Pluto? How long would it take to travel to Pluto?
Pluto is the least studied of all the
planets in our solar system. It wasn't even discovered until 1930. It
takes over four hours for Pluto's light to reach us.
It would take us a lot longer than four hours to get to Pluto. It took
the Voyager probes over 20
years to get to Pluto's neighborhood. The planets weren't aligned right
for the Voyager probes to visit Pluto. So far, no man-made probe has ever
visited the planet.
Within the next few years, scientists hope to be able to launch the Pluto-Kuiper Express. This probe is
much smaller than either Voyager spacecraft and will be able to travel
faster. It should reach Pluto in less than ten years.
Human travel to Pluto is out of the question, at least in the near future.
It would take too long and be too hard to pack things like food for so
many years. We need to be able to travel faster so the trip won't take so
long. Then we'll send people to Pluto.
Submitted by Ashley (age 10, Tenessee, USA)
Submitted by Megan (age 13, Texas, USA)
(September 2, 1997)
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