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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?
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Sail Along Saturn's Rings


Sail Along Saturn's Rings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System
Photo:  NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
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 Surface of Europa to the Oceans Beneath


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Photo: JPL/Giant Worlds
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 Olympus Mons on Mars


Sit on the Rim of Olympus Mons... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System
Photo:  NASA
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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Cruise Around the Solar System on Halley's Comet


Cruise Around the Solar System... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vacation Spots in the Solar System
Photo: NASA/W. Liller/Wikimedia Commons
This spectacular bad boy is visible from Earth only every 75 to 76 years. In its orbit through the solar system, Halley's Comet goes from in between Mercury and Venus's orbits to approximately as far out as Pluto. Sightings of the comet have inspired philosophical, naturalistic and scientific inquiry for millennia. During its 1910 appearance, the relativistic velocity of Halley's Comet was calculated at 70.56 kilometers per second, or 157,838 miles per hour.
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