sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛs ᴏғ ‘ᴛᴀᴛᴏᴏɪɴᴇ’ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs

ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴜsɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴛᴀᴄᴀᴍᴀ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ ᴍɪʟʟɪᴍᴇᴛᴇʀ/sᴜʙᴍɪʟʟɪᴍᴇᴛᴇʀ ᴀʀʀᴀʏ (ᴀʟᴍᴀ) ʜᴀᴠᴇ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ sᴛʀɪᴋɪɴɢ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ɢᴇᴏᴍᴇᴛʀɪᴇs ɪɴ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴏᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs. ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴏʀʙɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀᴄᴛ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀ sʏsᴛᴇᴍs sʜᴀʀᴇ ᴠᴇʀʏ ɴᴇᴀʀʟʏ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇ, ᴅɪsᴋs ᴇɴᴄɪʀᴄʟɪɴɢ ᴡɪᴅᴇ ʙɪɴᴀʀɪᴇs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇʟʏ ᴛɪʟᴛᴇᴅ. ᴛʜᴇsᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍs ᴄᴀɴ ᴛᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴜs ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ ғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇx ᴇɴᴠɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛs.

ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴛᴡᴏ ᴅᴇᴄᴀᴅᴇs, ᴛʜᴏᴜsᴀɴᴅs ᴏғ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴏʀʙɪᴛɪɴɢ sᴛᴀʀs ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴏᴜʀ sᴜɴ. sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴏʀʙɪᴛ ᴛᴡᴏ sᴛᴀʀs, ᴊᴜsᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ ʟᴜᴋᴇ sᴋʏᴡᴀʟᴋᴇʀ’s ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴀᴛᴏᴏɪɴᴇ. ᴘ̳ʟ̳ᴀ̳ɴ̳ᴇ̳ᴛ̳s̳ ᴀʀᴇ ʙᴏʀɴ ɪɴ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴏᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs – ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴡ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴡᴏɴᴅᴇʀғᴜʟ ᴏʙsᴇʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴛʜᴀɴᴋs ᴛᴏ ᴀʟᴍᴀ – ʙᴜᴛ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪsᴋs sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇᴅ sᴏ ғᴀʀ ᴏʀʙɪᴛ sɪɴɢʟᴇ sᴛᴀʀs. ‘ᴛᴀᴛᴏᴏɪɴᴇ’ ᴇxᴏᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ғᴏʀᴍ ɪɴ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs, sᴏ-ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs.
sᴛᴜᴅʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜᴘʟᴀᴄᴇs ᴏғ ‘ᴛᴀᴛᴏᴏɪɴᴇ’ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇs ᴀ ᴜɴɪǫᴜᴇ ᴏᴘᴘᴏʀᴛᴜɴɪᴛʏ ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴏᴡ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ғᴏʀᴍ ɪɴ ᴅɪғғᴇʀᴇɴᴛ ᴇɴᴠɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛs. ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛs ᴏғ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs ᴄᴀɴ ᴡᴀʀᴘ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛɪʟᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪsᴋ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇᴍ, ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛɪɴɢ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ʀᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇ ᴏғ ɪᴛs ʜᴏsᴛ sᴛᴀʀs. ғᴏʀ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ, ɪɴ ᴀ 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟿 sᴛᴜᴅʏ ʟᴇᴅ ʙʏ ɢʀᴀɴᴛ ᴋᴇɴɴᴇᴅʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ᴡᴀʀᴡɪᴄᴋ, ᴜᴋ, ᴀʟᴍᴀ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀ sᴛʀɪᴋɪɴɢ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴘᴏʟᴀʀ ᴄᴏɴғɪɢᴜʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴜʀ sᴛᴜᴅʏ, ᴡᴇ ᴡᴀɴᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʏᴘɪᴄᴀʟ ɢᴇᴏᴍᴇᴛʀɪᴇs ᴏғ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs,” sᴀɪᴅ ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀ ɪᴀɴ ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ᴄᴀʟɪғᴏʀɴɪᴀ ᴀᴛ ʙᴇʀᴋᴇʟᴇʏ. ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪs ᴛᴇᴀᴍ ᴜsᴇᴅ ᴀʟᴍᴀ ᴅᴀᴛᴀ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇɢʀᴇᴇ ᴏғ ᴀʟɪɢɴᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏғ ɴɪɴᴇᴛᴇᴇɴ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴏᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs. “ᴛʜᴇ ʜɪɢʜ ʀᴇsᴏʟᴜᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀʟᴍᴀ ᴅᴀᴛᴀ ᴡᴀs ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄᴀʟ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅʏɪɴɢ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴍᴀʟʟᴇsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ғᴀɪɴᴛᴇsᴛ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ʏᴇᴛ,” sᴀɪᴅ ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ.
ᴛʜᴇ ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʟᴍᴀ ᴅᴀᴛᴀ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴏᴢᴇɴ ‘ᴛᴀᴛᴏᴏɪɴᴇ’ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ sᴘᴀᴄᴇ ᴛᴇʟᴇsᴄᴏᴘᴇ. ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇᴀᴍ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇɢʀᴇᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀʀᴇ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ɪs sᴛʀᴏɴɢʟʏ ᴅᴇᴘᴇɴᴅᴇɴᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏsᴛ sᴛᴀʀs. ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴏʀᴛᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ɪᴛ ɪs ᴛᴏ ʜᴏsᴛ ᴀ ᴅɪsᴋ ɪɴ ʟɪɴᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ɪᴛs ᴏʀʙɪᴛ. ʜᴏᴡᴇᴠᴇʀ, ʙɪɴᴀʀɪᴇs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅs ʟᴏɴɢᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴛʏᴘɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴏsᴛ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴅɪsᴋs.

“ᴡᴇ sᴇᴇ ᴀ ᴄʟᴇᴀʀ ᴏᴠᴇʀʟᴀᴘ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴍᴀʟʟ ᴅɪsᴋs, ᴏʀʙɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀᴄᴛ ʙɪɴᴀʀɪᴇs, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ ᴍɪssɪᴏɴ,” ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ sᴀɪᴅ. ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀɪᴍᴀʀʏ ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ ᴍɪssɪᴏɴ ʟᴀsᴛᴇᴅ 𝟺 ʏᴇᴀʀs, ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴏʀʙɪᴛ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ɪɴ ғᴇᴡᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ 𝟺𝟶 ᴅᴀʏs. ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʜᴏsᴛ sᴛᴀʀ ᴏʀʙɪᴛs. ᴀ ʟɪɴɢᴇʀɪɴɢ ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ ᴡᴀs ᴡʜᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ʙᴇ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀ ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ғɪɴᴅɪɴɢ. “ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴜʀ sᴛᴜᴅʏ, ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴡ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ɪsɴ’ᴛ ᴀ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ ᴍɪssᴇᴅ, sɪɴᴄᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛɪɢʜᴛ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs ᴀʀᴇ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴛʏᴘɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sᴛᴇʟʟᴀʀ ʜᴏsᴛs,” ᴀᴅᴅᴇᴅ ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ.

sᴛɪʟʟ, ʙᴀsᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ᴛʜɪs ғɪɴᴅɪɴɢ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴀsᴛʀᴏɴᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴄᴏɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍɪsᴀʟɪɢɴᴇᴅ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴡɪᴅᴇ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀs sʜᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴄɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ sᴇᴀʀᴄʜ ғᴏʀ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴇxᴏᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ-ғɪɴᴅɪɴɢ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅs ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍɪᴄʀᴏʟᴇɴsɪɴɢ. (ɴᴀsᴀ’s ᴋᴇᴘʟᴇʀ ᴍɪssɪᴏɴ ᴜsᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴀɴsɪᴛ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ɪs ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʏs ᴛᴏ ғɪɴᴅ ᴀ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ.)
ᴄᴢᴇᴋᴀʟᴀ ɴᴏᴡ ᴡᴀɴᴛs ᴛᴏ ғɪɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴡʜʏ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs sᴜᴄʜ ᴀ sᴛʀᴏɴɢ ᴄᴏʀʀᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ ᴅɪsᴋ (ᴍɪs)ᴀʟɪɢɴᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ sᴛᴀʀ ᴏʀʙɪᴛᴀʟ ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ. “ᴡᴇ ᴡᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴜsᴇ ᴇxɪsᴛɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ғᴀᴄɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴀʟᴍᴀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴠᴇʀʏ ʟᴀʀɢᴇ ᴀʀʀᴀʏ ᴛᴏ sᴛᴜᴅʏ ᴅɪsᴋ sᴛʀᴜᴄᴛᴜʀᴇs ᴀᴛ ᴇxǫᴜɪsɪᴛᴇ ʟᴇᴠᴇʟs ᴏғ ᴘʀᴇᴄɪsɪᴏɴ,” ʜᴇ sᴀɪᴅ, “ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀsᴛᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ᴡᴀʀᴘᴇᴅ ᴏʀ ᴛɪʟᴛᴇᴅ ᴅɪsᴋs ᴀғғᴇᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ ғᴏʀᴍᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴇɴᴠɪʀᴏɴᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜɪs ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ғᴏʀᴍ ᴡɪᴛʜɪɴ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴅɪsᴋs.”

“ᴛʜɪs ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜ ɪs ᴀ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ ᴏғ ʜᴏᴡ ɴᴇᴡ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀɪᴇs ʙᴜɪʟᴅ ᴏɴ ᴘʀᴇᴠɪᴏᴜs ᴏʙsᴇʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴs,” sᴀɪᴅ ᴊᴏᴇ ᴘᴇsᴄᴇ, ɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ sᴄɪᴇɴᴄᴇ ғᴏᴜɴᴅᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴘʀᴏɢʀᴀᴍ ᴏғғɪᴄᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ɴʀᴀᴏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟᴍᴀ. “ᴅɪsᴄᴇʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛʀᴇɴᴅs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍʙɪɴᴀʀʏ ᴅɪsᴋ ᴘᴏᴘᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡᴀs ᴏɴʟʏ ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴘᴏssɪʙʟᴇ ʙʏ ʙᴜɪʟᴅɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴏᴜɴᴅᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴀʀᴄʜɪᴠᴀʟ ᴏʙsᴇʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴘʀᴏɢʀᴀᴍs ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʟᴍᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ ɪɴ ᴘʀᴇᴠɪᴏᴜs ᴄʏᴄʟᴇs.”

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