Clyde Tombaugh, a handsome young man with blue eyes, a shy smile and round-framed glasses was staring down a Zeiss Blink Comparator.

Just two weeks before he had celebrated his 24th birthday. He was living a dream that seemed impossible a year ago. He had all but given up on his hopes of going to college to study astronomy after a devastating hailstorm destroyed his family’s farm in Burdett, Kansas.

But in his heart he had never stopped being an astronomer…

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Featured Image: Size comparison of the Earth with Pluto and Charon, one of it’s moons. (source)