Exploration of the Solar system and subsequent discoveries are made with planetary missions and ground-based observatories. These two means are complementary from each other, and even sometimes strategically linked as in the case of the Deep Impact mission. Dedicated ground-based observation campaigns in support of planetary missions, as for Cassini-Huygens and Venus Express, have been successfully organised. Continua a leggere Ground and space observatories: a joint venture to planetary science
Since the very first Homo Sapiens looked up at a star-filled sky we have been awestruck by the vastness of the cosmos. Even today we remain humbled by the sheer immensity of space, especially as through our progress in physics and astronomy, we are now aware of the tremendous distances involved – even to our closest neighbouring stars.