Year of the Solar System

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The Year of the Solar System[1] is a NASA education/public outreach initiative.[2] The year runs October 2010 until August 2012, a Martian year. For each month's topic there are resources for clubs, schools and the general public. The months/topics are:

  • October 2010: The Journey Begins
  • November 2010: Birth of Worlds
  • Dec 2010/Jan 2011: A Family Affair
  • February 2011: Small Bodies—Big Impacts
  • March 2011: Ancient Astronomers/Modern Tools: Celebrating Sun-Earth Day
  • April 2011: Water, Water, Everywhere!
  • May 2011: Volcanism!
  • June 2011: Impacts!
  • July 2011: Rocks in Space
  • August 2011: Windy Worlds
  • September 2011: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
  • October 2011: Moons and Rings: Our Favorite Things
  • November 2011: Magnetospheres: Planetary Shields
  • Dec 2011/Jan 2012: Evolving Worlds
  • February 2012: Far-Ranging Robots
  • March 2012: Shadows of the Sun
  • April 2012: Ice!
  • May 2012: New Data, New Ideas
  • Jun/Jul 2012: Got Life?
  • August 2012: Discovering New Worlds

The Year of the Solar System is supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate and its Planetary Science Division.

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