Publisher: Wikipedia 2012
Number of pages: 646
The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the collapse of a giant molecular cloud. The vast majority of the system's mass is in the Sun, with most of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter.
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by J. S. Lewis, M. S. Matthews - University of Arizona Press
Parts of the solar system that are most accessible from Earth are rich in materials of great potential value. Immediate uses of these resources to manufacture propellants, metals, and fluids can support future large-scale space activities.
by Elbert A. King - Lunar and Planetary Institute
The excitement of the Apollo program was that it accomplished a bold leap from the surface of the Earth to the Moon. The deed challenged our technology and engineering skill. Preparations are being made now for another and even more daring leap.
The pictures in this publication are a part of the rich harvest of information returned by Voyager 1. These images are of great beauty as well as great scientific interest, reminding us of the breathtaking dimensions of the solar system we inhabit.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Passing by Jupiter in 1979, the Voyager spacecraft have collected an enormous amount of data that may prove to be a keystone in understanding our solar system. This publication provides an early look at the Jovian planetary system ...