Pluto Encounter, National Geographic

Watch Pluto Encounter on National Geographic to find out more about the planet.

We share a few fun facts about the planet Pluto.

If men went to Pluto

Relationship experts love to relate a lot of life’s situations to planets, that’s why many say that men are from Mars. But what if they really were from Pluto or were sent to Pluto? How would they survive? Pluto is the second-most massive known dwarf planet. It is also the tenth-most-massive known body directly orbiting the sun.

A world to tap

Did you know that Pluto's surface is composed of more than 98 percent Nitrogen ice with traces of Methane and Carbon Monoxide? These dangerous gases will most probably kill you but if man can find a way of surviving in Pluto, there is so much benefit in the gases. Pure nitrogen is used as food additive and nitrogenation is used to avoid the strong oxygen absorption of UV at these wavelengths – think business!

A world of mystery

Many times, we’d like to think of earth as a place of wonders. That’s why we travel all corners and try sample new experiences. Imagine the fascination man would endure if he went to Pluto just to try understand it, and how life works there. Up until a decade or so, the origin and identity of Pluto had long puzzled astronomers. Some thought it was Neptune’s moon. Pluto's true place began to reveal itself only in 1992 when astronomers began to find small icy objects beyond Neptune that were similar to Pluto.

A world of fresh air?

We are always complaining about pollution on earth and many of us, given the opportunity, would like to live on another planet. In Pluto, however, debris from collisions between Kuiper belt objects and the smaller moons, with their relatively low escape velocities, may produce a tenuous dusty ring. Basically, there is no fresh air,

A world to travel

Pluto orbiter return mission was proposed in 2003. The plan included a 12-year trip from Earth to Pluto, mapping from orbit, multiple landings, a warm water probe, and possible in situ propellant production for another 12-year trip back to Earth with samples. Now do you still want to spend the next 12 years traveling to one destination?

For more about the planet Pluto, watch Pluto Encounter on Wednesday, 15 July at 20:50 CAT on National Geographic.