General orientation to the Solar System III

The Terrestrial Planets III: The Earth - moon system


Earth from Apollo 17

Earth

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Points of interest: We know much more about Earth than we do about any other planetary body. It will be our constant standard of comparison, and we will have much to say about it in upcoming lectures. For now:


The Moon Wikipedia

The Moon

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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon from The Telegraph

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The Terrestrial Planets IV: Mars


Mars, Earth, and the Moon to scale

Mars: Celebrated in fiction, but alas, not like this.

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Key concepts and vocabulary. Understand these or you're toast:
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