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Evolution of Our Solar System Timeline: A journey through time
Entry ID: LPI-EOSS
Abstract: Explore the birth of our solar system, from formless clouds of gas and dust,
to primordial planets, to the unique suite of planets, moons, astroids, and
comets that scientists are investigating today. Follow changes on our Earth
over four-and-a-half billion years as it evolved from a small molten mass,
pummeled by impacts, and became a habitable planet, with life that is still
susceptible to ... processes in our solar system.
The Evolution of Our Solar System results from the close collaboration of
artists, scientists, programmers, image researchers, and educators at the Lunar
and Planetary Institute. It originally was conceived by the late Dr. Graham
Ryder as a teaching tool for the Alpha Program, which introduced space science
to gifted and talented students in the Clear Creek Independent School District.
Our understanding of the evolution of our solar system changes constantly as
new tools and new research expand and deepen our knowledge. The Evolution of
Our Solar System represents our best understanding at present; new theories and
new ideas undoubtedly will arise and replace the information presented. The
Evolution of Our Solar System is drawn from multiple disciplines, and every
event is the product of years of research by numerous scientists. The
statements made, and the placements in time of those statements, do not always
reflect the ongoing scientific debates, but rather reflect the broad consensus
at this time.
The timescale used to mark geologic eons, eras, and periods is the Geologic
Time Scale published by the Geological Society of America.
Use Constraints Copyright 2005 by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The Evolution of Our Solar
System is Lunar and Planetary Institute Contribution No. 1208. The Institute is
operated by the Universities Space Research Association under Cooperative
Agreement No. NCC5-679 issued through the Solar System Exploration Division of
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Any ... opinions, findings, and
conclusions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Material in this publication may be copied without restraint for library,
abstract service, education, or personal research purposes; however,
republication of any portion thereof, or derivation, requires written
permission as well as the appropriate acknowledgment of this publication.
Single print copies of the electronic poster files provided by the Lunar and
Planetary Institute or their designated vendors may be made for educational
display at individual institutions.
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