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Neptune

Neptune is the outermost planet of the Solar System, the smallest of the giant planets

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Earth

The Earth is a rocky planet with a solid crust and oxygen in its atmosphere.

Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet of the Solar System, it has two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined.

Mars Exploration Program

Space probes and Mars rovers examine the structure of Mars and possible traces of life.

Mercury

Mercury is innermost and smallest planet of the Solar System.

Milky Way

The diameter of our galaxy is about 100,000 light years; it contains more than 100 billion stars, one of which is our Sun.

Planets, sizes

The inner planets of the Solar System are terrestrial planets while the outer planets are gas giants.

Saturn

Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System, easily recognisable by its rings.

The Dawn mission

Studying Ceres and Vesta will help us learn more about the early history of the Solar System and how rocky planets are formed.

The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons space probe was launched in 2006, with the objective to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

The Sun

The diameter of the Sun is about 109 times that of the Earth. Most of its mass consists of hydrogen.

Venus

Venus is the 2nd planet from the Sun, the brightest object on the night sky (after the Moon).

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