What if you tried to fly an airplane on Mercury, Venus, and every other planet in our solar system?
Well, you couldn't do it with just one person — or even with just one plane. Along the way, the harsh environments would destroy both you and your aircraft in a number of horrible ways.
But how exactly would it happen?
Randall Munroe, founder of the popular webcomic xkcd, explores the different ways you would crash and die in his entertaining book "What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.
Of all the planets found in the Solar System, only five of the brightest planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, can be seen with the naked eye. While all five of these planets can be seen throughout most of the year, as...
Scientists have long suspected that our solar system was once home to a mysterious planet -- similar to the four giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune -- but something happened about four billion years ago that caused the plane...
Five of our solar system's other eight planets will all be visible at once in the chilly, pre-dawn sky.
Before Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars occupied the inner solar system, there may have been a previous generation of planets that were bigger and more numerous – but were ultimately doomed by Jupiter, according to a new study.