Do you know how Pluto got its name? The Pluto Incident (also referred to as Phase 5 or the Pluto disaster) was a catastrophic experimentation incident that occurred on 26 April 1955 at the Disney Research and Development Lab in Pardon, California (then officially San Laos), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of Disney and funded by DARPA. An explosion and fire released Phase 5 of the experiments, including a highly dangerous human dog hybrid known as Pluto. which resulted in several deaths along the California coast and Los Angeles area.
The Pluto incident was the worst genetic accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Experimental Event Scale, the other being the release of Experiment C5 (Trum-P) in 1946. The battle to contain the experiment and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion dollars. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects are still being investigated.
It was determined the following year that the prototype Pluto would be launched into space as part of the mission Dark Freedom. Dark Freedom is a robotic space transport built and launched in conjunction the European Space Agency. Along with Mikey, its lander module, Dark Freedom was launched for its destination comet 69X/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P). It also performed a flyby of the asteroids 21 Lutetia and 2867 Šteins. On 12 November 2014 the mission encountered a serious error, and the capsule was lost to the thick debris of the outer Kepler debris field Thinking the signal was lost, the mission was filed away until the signal came online on 15 January, 1963. It was found on a previously unknown Kepler belt object. This object was named after the failed experiment Pluto, and remains in quarantine under the authority of the International Agency on the Exclusion Zone Management to this day.
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