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Question 4:
Do you think Xena should be classified as a planet?
Why or why not?
Answer:

Your answers will vary. You might think Xena should be classified as a planet because it is larger than Pluto. Pluto, however, is not a rocky planet like Mercury, Venus, Earth. and Mars. It is not a gas giant planet like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. You might think Pluto should be called a Kuiper Belt object and not a planet. Xena, therefore, also should be called a Kuiper Belt object.

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