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O the Origin of Pluto, Charon, and the Pluto-Charon Binary

  title={O the Origin of Pluto, Charon, and the Pluto-Charon Binary},
  author={S. Alan Stern and William B. McKinnon and Jonathan I. Lunine},
Being small, binary, and in a highly unusual orbit, Pluto was long viewed as an enigma in the outer Solar System. Here we review the historical development of ideas concerning Pluto's origin and the origin of the Pluto-Charon Binary. We critically examine these theories in light of both recent advances about Pluto, and with regard to Pluto's broader context in the outer Solar System. Although Pluto no longer appears to be the stark anomaly it was in the years before the Kuiper Disk population… Expand
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