Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti, Michel Viso

Solar System, Inner

  • Francois Forget
  • Tilman Spohn
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_1464


The inner solar system is the region of the solar system that stretches between the  Sun and the  asteroid belt. It contains the  terrestrial planets Mercury,  Venus,  Earth, and  Mars (in order of distance to the Sun), as well as the Earth’s  Moon and  Phobos and  Deimos, which orbit Mars. In addition, the inner solar system is home to an unknown number of small bodies,  Asteroids, and  comet nuclei. Furthermore the inner solar system contains the  habitable zone of our solar system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris 6, BP 99Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, UMR 8539Paris cedex 05France
  2. 2.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)Institut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany