No Visa. Check. No Passport. Check. Month-long holiday. Check. A place where there is going to be no tourist-crowd. Check.
You are ready to venture into startlingly beautiful locations spread across the Solar System. Here is a list of nine breathtakingly beautiful Solar System destinations, which could possibly feature on your list of holiday hotspots. All that you will require is a working rocket and lots of food and water and loads and loads of Oxygen. Here are the locations, have a look:
9. South Polar Geysers, Enceladus
Enceladus is the brightest moon of Saturn. The smooth surface, almost featureless is covered completely with ice. The south pole of it has the Tiger Stripe region. There are several ridges having geysers which spew out water at thousands of kilometers eye. These waters come out from underneath the ice and you never know you might encounter life.
8. Saturn’s Rings, Saturn
This is probably the most visually appealing planetary feature in the Solar System. You wouldn’t believe that the thickness of these rings is just about a hundred kilometers but the diameter is 2,70,000 km. The rings are made up of rock and dust. It’s a visual treat and just the one for you to go on venturing.
7. Europa, Jupiter
This is another Galilean satellite, but is covered with ice completely. A rather young creation, the surface of Europa is smooth amid few craters. Resurfacing is currently happening in Europa so you might witness the creation of a celestial body. There are chances of water underneath the thick layers of ice which indicates that there might be the possibility of life there now or in the future. Who knows, you might get a few friends down there.
6. Io, Jupiter
Jupiter’s four satellites, known as the Galilean satellites were discovered in the year 1610. Io is closest to Jupiter and the tidal effects cause the satellite to get squeezed in like a sponge. The volcanic eruptions of silicate lava erupt and that is really something. Few millennia take into resurfacing Io after it eruptions. Tip? Wear sunglasses positively to save your eyes.
5. Great Red Spot, Jupiter
Two times the surface of the Earth would result in the Great Red Spot of Jupiter. It is the biggest surface feature of the planet. It is a swirling red oval storm, which has been occurring at a regular pace. The rotation of the entire system takes place in about 7 days with wind speed towering up to 400 km per hour. How’s that? This is a place definitely for the healthy, if you know what I mean! It changes color from orange-red to grey, but that’s because of the clouds.
4. Olympus Mons, Mars
Trust Mars to have the biggest volcanoes in the solar system. The Red Planet is home to the Olympus Mons, which is the biggest volcano in the Milky Way. It has a 700 km high slope the edge of which has a cliff 10 meters high. It doesn’t come in comparison to the highest volcano on Earth in terms of height at least. Well, do visit the place when the volcano is dormant. Best wishes!
3. Valles Marineris, Mars
The Arizone Grand Canyon will merely look like a ditch in front of the Valles Marineris in Mars. This place was recently discovered in the year 1971. A 4000km long stretch is worth watching and will take up a lot of your time. It literally spreads across the planet. It has a huge canyon and is about 600km deep. It has been found out that the Valles Marineris was actually a fault system, which has had the power of separating continents. See there’s a similarity with the Earth which has been shaped by plate tectonics.
2. Apollo 11 Hanging Site, Sea of Tranquility, Moon
The Sea of Tranquility is one which is man-made. Hey, there are many a things in our Solar System that are man-made. This is the exact place where Neil Armstrong had landed on the moon in the year 1969. Buzz Aldrin and he were the first people to land on the moon. This landing place is one of historical importance for mankind in general. And do be careful on your footsteps. The footprints are going to stay for millions of years along with those of Armstrong and Aldrin.
1. Caloris Basin in Mercury
Yes it’s Mercury the planet that I’m talking about. The Caloris Basin is actually 4 billion years old. During this Late Heavy Bombardment period in the Solar System a large asteroid created this basin, which has a diameter of 1500km. There are also mountains (some of the highest peaks in Mercury) surrounding the basin. Be witness to some of the deadliest volcanoes and beautiful locales. Don’t forget your sunscreen; you’ll need it a lot there.