Pluto, planet or dwarf planet, really doesn't matter to me at all. What does matter to me is the cost of the project. $700 millions dollars last I saw and I question; why? Basically we have sent a camera there. Knowledge is a wonderful thing but what practical knowledge are we actually expecting to gain. To me as it is to most, it seems no more than a curiosity trip. Again I wonder why spend that kind of money on something that to the vast majority of the taxpayers is a frivolous waste of tax dollars.
Fly me to the moon
let's look at Mars
Jupiter and Pluto
then on to distant stars
$23 billion has been spent since 1961 just on our trips to the moon. Sure we have made some great steps forward technologically, communications is just one. Where would we be without our cell phones? We also created some great plastics. (paper or plastic my friend, paper or plastic) Then we spent $2.5 billion on a project that would explore Mars that we called Curiosity. We're presently looking at another $2 billion to search for alien life on Jupiters moon Europa but thankfully the fly by of Jupiter was accomplished in conjunction with the $700 million camera we have sent to Pluto and then on to distant stars.
There is another much larger problem though, as the budget allocates $598.5 billion to defense for 2015 alone so that we can act as the police force of the earth. Yes, this makes the projects to the stars seem to be minuscule, doesn't it.
Anyway, at the onset of these projects as is the case today, there are children in this nation that go hungry. To top that we have a new budget that will decrease the amount of needed assistance to people who have no other way to feed their children. Apparently the thought is that as a nation the abuse of SNAP program will disappear because of the cuts but in actuality, its the innocent children who will feel the full effect of the cuts.
To me, spending more money on curiosity trips to the stars than taking care of the children in our nation is just plain wrong.