Infographic: State of the Solar System 2014 [published 28 Mar 2014]
Where we are and where we are going in 2014 … and beyond.
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Solar System exploration is making spectacular progress. As of early 2014, we have emerged for the first time from the enormous bubble of magnetism and ionized gas that the Sun emits and entered interstellar space. We have had close encounters with all of the planets out to Neptune and we’re on our way to Pluto. We are exploring Mars with two rovers and several orbiters. We are using a fleet of spacecraft for coordinated study of the Sun and its effects on the Solar System. We are in orbit around Mercury, flying to a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt, and continuing an extensive tour of Saturn and its moons. And our exploration out there helps to unite us here on Earth, as many missions are cooperative endeavors with the space agencies of other nations.
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SOURCE: NASA: Solar System Exploration