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Humanity has snapped detailed
portraits of planets and moons
throughout our solar system. But there's
one missing from the album: Pluto.
Although Pluto was discovered in
1930, it's remained stubbornly hard to
photograph. The Hubble Space Telescope
has taken the best pictures, and frankly,
"They can just barely resolve Pluto in
the distance just a few pixels across,"
says Alan Stern, an associate vice
president at the Southwest Research
Institute in Texas.
Scientists don't know what New
Horizons will see, Stern says. Even in the
fuzzy Hubble photos it's clear that Pluto
has lots of variation on its surface.
"We expect to find craters, perhaps
mountain ranges," Stern notes. "There
could possibly be liquids on the surface."
Oh, snap! NASA promises best photo yet of faraway Pluto
People like Marvin Mc Kenzie define
the adage: "It s not where you come
from, but where you end up."
Coming from very humble beginnings,
this 19-year-old Morvant resident is now
the recipient of an open scholarship in
general studies. This was after Mc Kenzie
received eight Cape (A-level) subjects, five of which
When Mc Kenzie s parents separated, his father
Learie and grandmother Agatha Andrews raised him
until he was 12, before his mother, Alicia Danglade,
came back for him and his older brother Akim.
But Mc Kenzie said it was not a case of aban-
donment on Danglade s part, rather an issue of
"Where mommy was staying was not a place
for us to stay and that s why my grandmother
agreed to keep us until she got back on her
feet," he tells the T&T Guardian.
Mc Kenzie believes this arrangement worked
out in his favour, as grandmother s lessons
moulded him into the man he is today.
He recalls the many trips to church and
the stories she would often tell them about
their Venezuelan grandfather, a builder, who
came to Trinidad as a refugee in the early
"Granny always used to talk about how my
grandfather worked hard to rebuild the life he lost
when he left Venezuela," said Mc Kenzie.
Going to church also kept him out of trouble
and away from the negativism that he constantly
saw living at Impasse Street, Trou Macaque,
Grateful for a difficult journey
There was little money coming in from
Mc Kenzie s father, the sole breadwinner in
the house at the time. He explained his
father, also a builder, would often have to
wait lengthy periods at times for payment
from unscrupulous clients.
"This is no exaggeration, my father is an
exceptional builder who would literally work
with three labourers alone on a job, no
matter how great the job, if he felt that the
others were compromising the quality of
his work. And it was really upsetting for us
to learn of his problems he faced on the
job," said Mc Kenzie.
He continued, "Daddy coming home
without money from a job almost became the norm,
so like we would expect him not to get paid
when he did some work for a client."
Nick of time
What was probably more worrying about
the situation for Mc Kenzie was the fact that
it would almost always occur when it was time
for him and his brother to return to school
after the vacation period. But as he said, in
the nick of time his dad would find the
money somehow to make sure they had
most of their school supplies.
Food was not plentiful at Mc Kenzie s
house either. But thanks to his grandfather s
modest kitchen garden a stone s throw away
from the house, they would often have cas-
sava bread and fever grass for tea.
When it was not that, they supped on
their main staple of bread and butter and
a hot cup of sugar water. "Sugar water
was very popular at my house," said Mc
Snacking for him and his brother
would mean building sling-shots to
shoot down the mangoes on the neigh-
bour s tree.
"We ate mangoes until we were sick
of it. I mean chow in all forms," Mc
He also did not have the luxury of
running water in his home, so toting
buckets and bottles of water as early
as 4 am before school was required.
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Marvin Mc Kenzie
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