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Makemake, one of the solar system’s five dwarf planets, has been found to have no atmosphere. The tiny ball of rock is just two-thirds the size of Pluto and orbits even farther out in the Kuiper Belt. Scientists had posited the dwarf planet, named for the creator god in Easter Island mythology, would possess an atmosphere, …

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  1. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Alien

    Let me be the first to say that it's a space station

    A) high albedo--indicating reflective surface

    B) But reflective surface is not ice

    C) It must therefore be metal!!!!!

    Obviously, it's a space fortress intended to keep us primate inmates in our place!!!

    Alternatively, Lilo and Stitch was right, and we are some kind of galactic nature preserve, and the space fortress is to keep the poachers out!

    1. saundby

      Re: Let me be the first to say that it's a space station

      It's the home of our Pak Protector, of course.

      1. hugo tyson
        Coat

        Re: Let me be the first to say that it's a space station

        But wouldn't the star have showed through the hole in the middle if it were Brennan's base?

  2. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    Makemake lacks atmosphere?

    So it's like a sort of permanent, cosmic X-factor final then?

  3. Richard Wharram

    Russ Abbott is not happy

    Obviously

  4. g e

    Occulted?

    No Occluded?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "outer reaches of the solar ice can evaporate"

    Thanks for wasting my time trying to understand your incorrectly-formed sentences.

  6. Darryl
    Happy

    Didja hear about the new restaurant on Makemake?

    Food's good, but it's got no atmosphere

    Badum-tish

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