Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Solar System, Inner

  • François ForgetEmail author
  • Tilman Spohn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1464-2


The inner solar system is the region of the solar system that stretches between the Sun and the asteroid belt. It contains the terrestrial planetsMercury, 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.

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Solar System Small Body Unknown Number Terrestrial Planet 
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Authors and Affiliations

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