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    Talking The Goblin

    Hello. The newly discovered Trans-Neptunian..don't know why they don't call it a 'Trans-Plutonian' object has a maximum distance from the sun of 2,500 au. ( please don't say because pluto is not a planet)..it's the farthest object in the 'previously' accepted solar system that we had. That means it has a rightful place to begin discussing objects discovered further out.

    I think a mission for such an object might be interesting..because it would have a 'sample' of life out to 2,500 au. Getting out to that distance anytime soon...is not likely for a long time.

    Is there any other value to such a mission that people could thing of?

    Thanks for any and all responses
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    Gorn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorn View Post
    Hello. The newly discovered Trans-Neptunian..don't know why they don't call it a 'Trans-Plutonian' object has a maximum distance from the sun of 2,500 au.
    Cool.

    I think because trans-Neptunian actually has consequences, gravito-orbitally speaking, whereas as trans-Plutonian does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorn View Post
    Hello. The newly discovered Trans-Neptunian..don't know why they don't call it a 'Trans-Plutonian' object has a maximum distance from the sun of 2,500 au. ( please don't say because pluto is not a planet)..it's the farthest object in the 'previously' accepted solar system that we had.
    Because Pluto is not a planet. And no, I'm not just being difficult. Pluto is just another one of the Trans-Neptunian objects. If you don't like "TNO" and want to credit Pluto, you could call all the TNOs "Plutinos"

    And yes, visiting Plutinos is a great idea, though I don't know that visiting The Goblin is any better than the others.
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    Perhaps someday, we can probe it as part of testing a long range propulsion system? An engine capable of reaching the Goblin in any reasonable time frame, would also be immensely useful for visiting anywhere else in the Solar System.
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