My Journey from Last to First

Pluto: My Journey from Last to First

Kevin M. Caruso, 2023, 100 pp., Hardcover. $27.17. Available from

This book explores the adventure of Pluto’s journey from the ninth planet in the solar system to the first Kuiper belt object. Find out about Pluto’s effects on the lives of those this little world has touched: Percival Lowell and his observatory and passion for all things Pluto; Clyde Tombaugh’s sketches leading to his 1930 discovery; Venetia Burney’s breakfast conversation naming Pluto; James Christy’s discovery of Pluto’s largest moon, named after his wife; the International Astronomical Union’s 2006 reclassification of Pluto to dwarf planet; Alan Stern’s 26-year persistence and teamwork in a New Horizons precision flyby in 2015; and participation by rock stars and the world in the New Horizons ongoing mission.


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