August 28, 2006
Debbie Snelling, left, points to Pluto, which no longer is classified as a planet. At right, Azalea Juarez points to Mercury, innermost planet in the solar system. The girls are students in Rhonda Gilbert’s fifth-grade class at Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate School.
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Last week's decision by the International Astronomical Union during a conference of some 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries in Prague in the Czech Republic to remove planetary status for Pluto has led to differing reactions by local school officials.