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Hubble Focus: Our Amazing Solar System – Free e-book

This e-book is a stunning collection of high-resolution photos and interactive videos from the space telescope, with chapters covering topics ranging from weather on other planets to potentially habitable moons.

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Within the past decade, Hubble has seen asteroid collisions, the disintegration of an icy comet and countless other encounters. Many of these observations were unexpected and help scientists understand how the is changing, said Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the .

One focal point lies in the story of how Hubble's role studying planets, moons, and comets has led and complemented the efforts of and landers dispatched throughout the solar system.

In one example, the Hubble telescope performed initial observations of the Pluto system and discovered four previously unknown moons. This information helped scientists plan the course and observations for 's New Horizons mission to study Pluto and its . Now, the New Horizons spacecraft is on its way past Pluto and deeper into the Kuiper Belt where it will observe a faraway object also recently discovered by Hubble.

“Hubble has a new and unique perspective studying these planetary bodies because we can see them as a whole,” Wiseman said. “Hubble has been used to study global storms on and on the outer planets. It has even detected evidence for plumes of water vapor being expelled from the cracks in the ice of Jupiter's Europa, which paves the way for future probes to study the nature of Europa's under-ice ocean.”

Source: NASA



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