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  Suddenly on August 24 2006 after a long and brave struggle and surrounded by it's three moons Pluto the planet passed away. Like all of us Pluto was born with a big bang. He wandered aimlessly in his youth but as he matured and cooled down he settled into a predictable routine. In 1930 American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh found him. For the first time Pluto felt part of a family. Though self-conscious of his small size Pluto compensated by being fast and could get up to speeds of six kilometers per second. He always tried to put on weight but never had the gravitational strength to acquire mass. Ever the non-conformist Pluto shunned the plane of the ecliptic. He loved charting his own course and refused to be constrained by circular orbits or conventional orbital planes. Some called his orbit exocentric, but Pluto was just being Pluto. Pluto was especially proud of his membership in the solar systems most elite club. While not the giant Jupiter was or the life of the party like Earth. Pluto loved the sense of belonging and twice each orbit would get as close to his fellow planets as he possibly could. Some may remember Pluto as cold and remote but those that knew him better remember Pluto fondly as a joker. He loved making other planets laugh with his frequent atmospheric emissions of methane. Pluto loved to travel. Recent trips across Neptune's orbit may have contributed to his unexpected ill health. After much debate the decision was made to pull the plug. Pluto was closet to his long time orbital partner Cara with whom he loved to dance. But he'll be missed by other friends as close as Neptune and as far away as Mercury. We know he has a special place in the heavens. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Society for the Advancement of Dwarf Planets. And not those bastards at the International Astronomers Union. (from the CBC and local sources)