Dwarf planets are similar to regular ones, but their gravity power is too low to let them take a dominant position in their surroundings. At the same time, they can theoretically exceed the size of ordinary planets, although there are no such examples yet.
Despite the fact that Pluto has lost its status as a planet, the interest of scientists in it hasn’t faded. Several unmanned spacecrafts will explore its surface in next decade, and we will undoubtedly learn a lot about it. Exploring Pluto may shed light on the mystery surrounding the origin of the Solar System.
The planet Mercury is almost unexplored until now. Getting there is extremely difficult, and any spacecraft approaching it will have to withstand the monstrous temperature due to the proximity of the Sun. But perhaps, human settlements will be built on Mercury someday… Who can say for sure now?
The gas planet Saturn attracts the attention of many astronomers because of its rings. It is It’s known now that other gas giants have rings also, but in the past, Saturn was considered utterly unique. Perhaps, his rings will become a source of valuable resources for humanity in the future.
Jupiter is so huge that the Earth could sink into it easily. This gas planet is second in size to the Sun only, and its powerful gravity protects our planet from the comets and asteroids.
In the past, people believed that Venus is an Earth-like planet. But the reality turned out to be much more severe, and the first explorations uncovered that this planet is a real infernal cauldron.
Mars is a new frontier for humanity. We’ve visited the Moon, and the next destination is the red planet. Who knows, perhaps the first human Martians will be born there in this century?
The dwarf planet Eris has a very interesting history. When it was discovered, it was almost given the status of a planet! But the discovery of Eris became a catalyst for some changes in the scientific community.
What do we know about Titan, moon of Saturn? It’s Earth-like in some ways, there are lakes, rivers, clouds and rains, but it’s really cold there. However, the thick atmosphere protects the surface from the radiation.
The planets of the Solar system are still almost unexplored. Getting to them is’t easy, space flights are incredibly expensive, and they take a lot of time.