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The Pluto Files 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.


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Episode credited cast:
Mike Brown Mike Brown ... Himself - California Institute of Technology
Kenneth Chang Kenneth Chang ... Himself - The New York Times
Stephen Colbert ... Himself - The Colbert Report (archive footage)
Gary G. Dahl Gary G. Dahl ... Himself - Senator, Republican, 28th District, Illinois
Roy P. Disney Roy P. Disney ... Himself - Walt Disney's Great Nephew
Owen Gingerich Owen Gingerich ... Himself - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Norm Golden ... Performer
Joel Hotchkiss Joel Hotchkiss ... Performer
David Jewitt David Jewitt ... Himself - University of California, Los Angeles
Jane Luu Jane Luu ... Herself - Researcher
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Brian G. Marsden Brian G. Marsden ... Himself - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Laurie Marvald Laurie Marvald ... Performer
Quinn McColgan ... Performer
Jack Metzger Jack Metzger ... Performer


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the facts on Pluto and examines the controversy over whether it is a planet.

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Enjoyable...and kind of cute.
15 February 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this film on "Nova". Following a decision to change Pluto to 'non-planetary status', the Doctor received some harsh criticism. Here in "The Pluto Files" he talks with his critics as well as discusses the history of this body in space. Believe it or not, it's actually all pretty interesting. I particularly liked Tyson's nice style--taking the whole thing with a nice sense of humor. It was hard not to like him and enjoy the film.

Some things to look for in this film are some great cinematography as well as the super-interesting visit with the Tombaugh family. Seeing the telescopes that Clyde Tombaugh made were really amazing--you have to see them for yourself. And to think, with these home-made scopes he was the first to find and identify Pluto!! What a brilliant guy who basically taught himself! Well worth seeing.

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