An Overview of the Solar System
Publisher: Wikipedia 2013
The Solar System comprises the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, as well as a number of dwarf planets, satellites, and other objects that orbit the Sun. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant molecular cloud.
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- 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 F. Vilas, C. Chapman, M. Matthews - University of Arizona Press
The book on the planet's origin, its metal-rich composition, its thermal and geophysical evolution, and its cratering history. These topics are complex and controversial, and this book contains a variety of new perspectives on them.
by Hannes Alfven, Gustaf Arrhenius - NASA
A realistic attempt to reconstruct the early history of the solar system. The authors chose a procedure which reduces speculation as much as possible and connects the evolutionary models as closely as possible to experiment and observation.
Mars Science Laboratory is a robotic space probe mission to Mars launched by NASA, which landed a rover Curiosity. The objectives include investigating Mars' habitability, studying its climate and geology, and collecting data for a manned mission.