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Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
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Five decades of amazing solar system exploration began in December 1962 when Mariner 2 flew past Venus, the first successful mission to another planet. We asked our experts to pick favorite moments from the last 50 years. Read what they had to say:

Amanda Hendrix
Amanda's Picks
Ralph Carruth
Ralph's Picks
Robert Mitchell
Robert's Picks
Robert Pappalardo
Bob's Picks
Peter Jenniskens
Peter's Picks
Fran Bagenal
Fran's Picks
Jeff Cuzzi
Jeff's Picks
Amy Simon-Miller
Amy's Picks
Yvonne's Picks
Bill's Picks
Steve Vance
Steve's Picks
Paul Spudis
Paul's Picks
Dave Doody
Dave's Picks
Paolo Bellutta
Paolo's Picks
Suzanne Dodd
Suzanne's Picks
Cassie Conley
Cassie's Picks
Michelle's Picks
David Grinspoon
David's Picks
Jim Kasting
Jim's Picks
Ayanna Howard
Ayanna's Picks
Ashley Stroupe
Ashley's Picks
Nancy Roman
Nancy's Picks
Claudia Alexander
Claudia's Picks
Anita Cochran
Anita's Picks
Neil Gehrels
Neil's Picks
William (Bill) Sjogren
Bill's Picks
Julie Castillo-Rogez
Julie's Picks
Mike Malin
Mike's Picks

Last Updated: 19 April 2013

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Last Updated: 19 Apr 2013