Talk:List of minor planets and comets visited by spacecraft

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Other minor planets and comets[edit]

I propose to add the few non-asteroid minor planets that are relevant (Pluto and 1999 TC36, from the top of my head) to this list. I think it would then also make sense to include the relevant comets, making it a list of all minor bodies in the Solar System that have been, are scheduled/proposed to be, or were once proposed to be visited by spacecraft. --JorisvS (talk) 09:43, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

I take it then that there are no objections? --JorisvS (talk) 21:12, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
No objection from me — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:18, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Oh boy do I object! I object I I object I object I object!! Pluto is NOT an asteroid. Nor is it a minor body. It is a world in it's own right and has somewhat like five moons. An entire system. When New Horizons was launched, it was considered the ninth planet. Had it been considered a mere "asteroid" it wouldn't have gotten the funding. I have deleted it.!!!!
We could make this a list of small Solar System bodies visited by spacecraft, which seems a more logical organization one of 'asteroids'. --JorisvS (talk) 14:03, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Note that Pluto is a minor planet: all dwarf planets and small Solar System bodies that are not comets are minor planets. But it is indeed not an asteroid.
Pluto and Ceres will be the only dwarf planets visited by a spacecraft for a long time. Moreover, Vesta and Ceres kind of belong together because Dawn is a mission to both. Therefore, it does not make much sense not to mention the dwarf planets that will be visited by spacecraft on a list page of all visited small Solar System bodies. --JorisvS (talk) 17:23, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
I have gone ahead and merged the various lists that belonged together. --JorisvS (talk) 17:53, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Flyby AND orbit for Shomaker?[edit]

Isn't it redundant to add the flyby of Eros by NEAR Shoemaker since it also orbited? Orbit + landing, yeah, they are two different things. But since the orbit is mentioned, anyone can easily deduce that NEAR came close to the piece of rock.


Pluto, however you describe it, is NOT, I repeat, is NOT, an asteroid!!!!! Ericl (talk) 13:56, 21 November 2014 (UTC)