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 Matthew S. Tiscareno - arXiv
Understanding of disks in general can be enhanced by understanding the dynamical processes observed at close-range planetary rings. We review the known ring systems of the four giant planets, and the prospects for ring systems yet to be discovered.
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 Academy of Sciences
This book surveys the current state of knowledge of the solar system and recommends a suite of planetary science flagship missions for the decade 2013-2022 that could provide a steady stream of important new discoveries about the solar system.
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.