Our book, Vacation Guide to the Solar System, provides a plethora of imaginative suggestions for your next big summer holiday. But at the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, we take the science as seriously as adventure. What follows is a list of references that we consulted as we researched the top places to rest and relax…as soon as you’ve saved up enough vacation days.


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