Back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union redefined what does and does not qualify as a planet. You may remember there was a bit of a ruckus, as Pluto didn’t quite make the cut and was reclassified as a “Dwarf Planet.” That stings a little.
But not everyone took this news sitting down. The brave people at Seattle’s Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. stand in direct opposition to the IAU and their draconian decision to take away Pluto’s planethood, and for the last five years they’ve taken their message to the streets. If you happen to be in Seattle on March 16th, you can join in for the fifth annual Pluto Day March and Rally. Come celebrate “the quirkiest planet and all other frozen balls of rock that inspire and mystify.”
The festivities kick off at 3:00 pm with a round of sign making at the storefront (located at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103). The march begins promptly at 4:00 pm, to be followed at 4:20-ish with the rally, debate, discussion, and snacks. Because, as they say, “Even the smallest celestial bodies deserve a big party.”
Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. is really a covert front for 826 Seattle, the northwest arm of 826 National, a collection of nonprofit centers founded by author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeitoun). These nonprofit establishments provide writing workshops and tutoring to kids ages 6 to 18.
As the name suggest, the store itself is your one-stop shopping destination for all of your space travel needs. You can stock up on emergency preparedness supplies, like a quarantine notification flag; useful items like moon watches and space pens; and even a black hole starter kit. Their motto is, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.”
Remember, intrepid explorers, “A lack of preparation is a prescription for mishaps.”