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comparative planetology
the study of the solar system by examining and understanding the similarities and differences among worlds
terrestrial planets
rocky planets similar in overall composition to Earth
jovian planets
giant gaseous planets similar in overall composition to Jupiter
hydrogen compounds
compounds that contain hydrogen and were common in the solar nebula
a relatively small and rocky object that orbits a star
asteroid belt
the region of our solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which asteroids are heavily concentrated
a relatively small, icy object that orbits a star
spacecraft that fly past a target object, usually just once, as opposed to entering a bound orbit of the object
spacecraft that go into orbit of another world for long-term study