The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System  

Michael Graff
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List Rules Vote up the hot (or really cold!) vacation spots in our solar system that you'd most like to use some precious vacation days to visit.

The solar system is a vast, amazing place. From our Goldilocks-zone planet of Earth we've been able to observe and learn quite a lot about our solar neighborhood. Most of that knowledge has come from high tech probes and telescopes, letting us peek at the other celestial bodies that make up our solar system.

Getting there in person has proved a considerable challenge for our tenacious drive to explore. The whole solar system is hundreds of millions of kilometers of space, inhabited by objects that make up an infinitesimal fraction of that volume. And even if you could live long enough to make the voyage, these places aren't exactly hospitable, with all manners of intolerable cold, heat or toxicity.

But let's just assume we all had a TARDIS or something. What cool things in the solar system could you visit? What outer space tourist sites would be your favorite destinations in an age of space tourism? Once you've considered this important question, why not rank your favorite Star Wars planets also?
Sail Along Saturn's Ring... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System
Photo:  NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Sail Along Saturn's Rings
One of the most visually distinctive features of any planet in the solar system, the rings extend from approximately 6,630 to 120,700 kilometers outward from Saturn's equator, but on average they are only 20 meters thick. They provide excellent views of Saturn's atmosphere and the surrounding moons.
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Dive Below the Ice Surfa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System
Photo: JPL/Giant Worlds
Dive Below the Ice Surface of Europa to the Oceans Beneath
Jupiter's moon Europa is a very exciting world! Scientists have found plenty of evidence to suggest that Europa has persistent liquid oceans under its frozen surface, prevented from freezing by heat-releasing tectonic activity, similar to Earth. These conditions could be harboring primitive deep sea life, if we could look closer.
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Sit on the Rim of Olympu... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System
Photo:  NASA
Sit on the Rim of Olympus Mons on Mars
Olympus Mons is the largest known volcano in the solar system. It's part of a mountain range that extends for approximately 300,000 square kilometers. The summit itself is approximately 60 by 80 kilometers across.
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Watch from the Internati... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vacation Spots In The Solar System
Photo:  NASA/Crew of STS-132
Watch from the International Space Station as it Orbits Earth in 93 Minutes
The International Space Station, or ISS, is made up of 16 pressurized modules and various other equipment modules, maintaining an altitude of at least 330 kilometers above Earth's surface. It orbits the Earth at an average speed of 27,724 kilometers per hour, completing a full Earth orbit every 93 minutes! Beat that, Magellan!
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