Contents

Introduction vii

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 Why a new solar system? 1

Chapter 2 Exploring the planets 33

Chapter 3 The Sun 55

Chapter 4 Mercury - a hot, old world 73

Chapter 5 Venus - a hot, cloudy planet 85

Chapter 6 Earth - a watery, living world 101

Chapter 7 Mars - the red planet 133

Chapter 8 The asteroid belt 159

Chapter 9 Jupiter - the gas giant 175

Chapter 10 Saturn - the ringed planet 199

Chapter 11 Uranus - the blue, icy planet 223

Chapter 12 Neptune - an icy, cold world 239

Chapter 13 Trans-Neptunian objects 253

Chapter 14 Overview and the future 275

Glossary 291

Index 297

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