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Discovery Channel marks anniversary of Pluto’s discovery with special

Discovery Channel is commemorating the 90th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery this February with the “mini-documentary” #TeamPluto. The special, hosted by YouTube and television personality Nick Uhas, seeks to weigh the social and ...
February 12, 2020

Discovery Channel is commemorating the 90th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery this February with the “mini-documentary” #TeamPluto.

The special, hosted by YouTube and television personality Nick Uhas, seeks to weigh the social and scientific importance of the dwarf planet, which was abruptly reclassified in 2006.

Astronomers, scientists and historians embark to understand the “fascination” with Pluto’s planetary standing, and whether its status could be restored to ‘planet’ nearly a century after its discovery at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

“We are honored to partner with Discovery on this special program that celebrates Pluto and its discovery at Lowell Observatory 90 years ago,” Danielle Adams, Lowell Observatory’s deputy director for marketing and communications, said in a statement. “From the search for Planet X that was initiated by Percival Lowell to current research from the New Horizons spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015, viewers will get an inside look at the processes that lead to scientific discovery.”

Discovery Studios serves as producer with Sandy Varo Jarrell and Suzanne Rauscher as executive producers and Brian Leff as co-executive producer and showrunner.

For Discovery Channel, executive producers are Scott Lewers, Kristen Variola and Christina BavettaJoe Mazzeo is coordinating producer.

#TeamPluto premieres Feb. 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

 

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