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Sources: solarsystem.nasa.gov, Wikipedia, space.comA) Asteroid Belt Rocket Propelled Zip Line Tours.
The main asteroid belt orbits between Mars and Jupiter, forming a disk around the sun of asteroids (solid, irregularly shaped bodies of many sizes smaller than planets) and minor planets.
B) Flamsteed Cruiselines with Regular departures to Uranus.
John Flamsteed is an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. He made the first recorded observations of Uranus (in 1690) and was known for cataloging over 3000-stars and studying motion of sun, moon and planets. The Flamsteed designations provide a way to uniquely identify most stars visible by the naked eye.
Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, is one of two ice giant planets (the other is Neptune). It is the coldest planet, nearly four times larger than Earth and has 27 known moons.
C) Europa Air, Your Link to Jupiter, Wake Up Without Aging a Day!
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System at 2.5 times that of all the other planets in the solar system combined. It is a gas giant (doesn’t have a solid surface) with a mass of one-thousandth that of the Sun.
For Europa reference, refer to D below.
D) Europa, Search for Life in the Icy Depths, Smallest of Jupiter’s Galilean Moons.
Jupiter has 79 known moons per NASA Solar System Exploration.
The Galilean moons are the four largest moons of Jupiter:
1) lo (most volcanically active body in solar system),
2) Europa (mostly water ice and slightly smaller than Earth’s moon),
3) Ganymede (largest moon in solar system and only moon with internally generated magnetic field), and
4) Calisto (extremely cratered).
Europa has two times the water as all of Earth’s oceans and is considered the most promising place to look for life beyond Earth.
E) Explore The Crimson Canyons, Mars.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and second smallest (larger than only Mercury) in the Solar System. Called the Red Planet due to its iron-rich dust coloring it rusty-red. Temperatures range from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 199 degrees below zero.
F) Milky Way Lines, Midnight Zephyr.
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. It is the hazy band of light in the night sky formed from stars that cannot by seen by the naked eye.
12923 Zephyr is a stony asteroid, classified as potentially hazardous and near-Earth object, discovered in 1999.
G) Pluto, The Small Planet that’s Big on Fun.
Pluto is a dwarf planet with five moons in the Kuiper Belt (an area full of icy bodies and other dwarf planets past Neptune). It is very small, only about half the width of the US. It was originally considered the ninth planet. In August 2006, Pluto was defined as a dwarf planet (so there are now 8 not 9 planets).
H) Conquer Olympus Mons, Mars Mountain Climbing.
Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in the solar system and located on Mars. Some sources say it rises three times higher than Mount Everest.
I) Ice Bouldering among the Rings of Saturn.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and second largest (after Jupiter) in our Solar System. It is not the only planet with rings (Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune have faint ring systems), but the most famous/prominent. The rings are composed mostly of ice particles, and a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. The rings may be pieces of comets, asteroids or shattered moons (Saturn has at least 60 moons).
J) Lunar Adventures, See the World in a Whole New Way (moon travel poster).
We always see the same side of the moon from Earth with a distance of about 240,000 miles from Earth. It is the fifth largest moon in the Solar System (of over 200 moons!). NASA currently has three robotic spacecraft exploring the Moon.
K) Triton, Neptune’s ‘Ice Giant’ Moon.
Triton is the first Neptunian moon to be discovered (and largest). It is the only moon that orbits in the direction opposite to its planet’s rotation. It’s surface of mostly frozen nitrogen over an icy mantle is believed to cover a core of rock and metal. One of the coolest objects in the solar system – so cold that frost gives its surface an icy sheen.
L) Venus, Soar to New Heights (Paragliding).
Venus is the second planet from the Sun with similar size to Earth. It is the hottest planet in the Solar System (even though Mercury is closer) because it has as a thick/toxic atmosphere filled with carbon dioxide and thick clouds of sulfuric acid that trap heat. Mean temperature is 462 degrees Celsius (863.6 degrees Fahrenheit). It was the first planet to be explored by spacecraft.
M) Worlds’ Fair Shanghai May 24 to Oct 10.
All I can say, is that would be a mind-blowing fair!
N) Sail under the Ice of Neptune.
Neptune is the eighth/last planet in the Solar System – 30 times as far from the sun as the Earth. It is dark, cold and very windy. It looks blue in color from the methane in its atmosphere (similar to Uranus). It is the only planet not visible to the naked eye and was predicted by mathematics before it was discovered!
O) Venus by Air.
Venus is the second brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon with clouds of sulfuric acid making it reflective and shiny. Its brightness makes it visible during the day (if clear and know where to look!). No planet approaches closer to Earth. It spins clockwise on its axis, unlike all other planets in our solar system. A day on Venus would be longer than a year.
P) Mercury’s Gassendi Resort, Home of the Low Gravity, Aerial Acrobatic Championship (cycling poster).
Mercury is the smallest (slightly bigger than the Earth’s moon) and closest planet to the Sun. It is the most cratered planet, caused by asteroids and comets. It is the fastest planet – moving around the Sun every 88 Earth days. That is how it got its name (Roman Mercury, messenger for their gods, had wings on helmet and shoes).
Gassendi (Pierre) was a 16th century French philosopher, priest, astronomer, and mathematician. His work made advances in physics, especially related to concepts of gravity and principle of inertia (influenced Newton). In 1631, he was the first person to publish his observations of the transit (direct passing) of Mercury across the Sun.
Q) Drive for Show at the Sea of Tranquility Resort on the Lunar Surface.
Sea of Tranquility is a lunar mare which is a large, dark, basaltic plains on Earth’s moon formed by volcanic eruptions. The Sea of Tranquility sits within the Tranquillitatis basin on the Moon and was chosen as the landing site for Apollo 11 because it is relatively smooth and level.
R) Uranus, Rest Area and Refueling station, Last Stop for 16,276,480,000 km.
Uranus is the coldest planet with average temperature of -330 degrees Fahrenheit (low of -360 degrees Fahrenheit). It orbits the sun on its side (looks like a ball rolling in a circular pattern). One day lasts 42 years because of this tilt. If you stood on the north pole of Uranus, you would see the sun rise and circle for 42 years before the sun goes below the horizon, followed by 42 years of darkness known as the “winter” season (now that’s a long “winter!”).
S) Jupiter, Take a Cloud Safari Aboard the Aryabhata.
Aryabhata was the first unmanned Earth satellite built by India and launched by Russia (1975). It was named after an astronomer and Indian mathematician of the 5th century. His works include a range of topics: approximation of pi, predicting eclipses, determining why planets/moon shine (due to reflected sunlight), and the motions of stars and planets.
T) Rule the Rock on Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon.
Titan, an icy moon, is the largest of Saturn’s 82 known moons, and the second largest moon in our solar system (bigger than the planet Mercury!). It is the only place besides Earth known to have liquids in the form of rivers, lakes and seas on its surface.
U) Ultima Thule Stargazing in the Kuiper Belt, Best Views of the Milky Way.
The Ultima Thule (official name 486958 Arrokoth) is the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft (NASA’s New Horizons in Jan, 2019) at over 4 billion miles from Earth. It is 22 miles long at its longest dimension, comprised of two lobes and has a reddish hue.
The Kuiper Belt is a donut-shaped ring of icy objects (includes dwarf planets, dust and comets) around the Sun, extending just outside Neptune’s orbit. Pluto is the most famous Kuiper Belt object.
V) Solarmobile Grand Prix at Mercury Intergalactic Speedway, The Hottest Road Race Under the Sun.
Intergalactic space is the space between galaxies. These are vast empty spaces with very little dust and debris. From the Milky Way (our galaxy) to the Andromeda galaxy (closest to us), you would cross 2.5 million light-years of intergalactic space!
W) 25 January – 5 February, 5014 Earth, DXLIII Martian Winter Olympics.
(There are skiers shown on the poster cruising down the mountain).
Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, said he’ll put people on Mars by 2026, so perhaps a Martian Winter Olympics could occur by 5014!.
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