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Acknowledgements

This unit was written by David Rothery and Simon Kelley. Further contributions were made by Susanne Schwenzer, Jessica Barnes, Jean-David Bodénan, Catherine Hill, James Mortimer, Elena Nickson, Phillipa Smith, Beth Steer and Felicity Williams.

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Figure 1, 4, 6, 9, 18 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/USGS

Figure 2 Image courtesy of The Galileo Project/JPL/NASA

Figure 3 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Figure 5, 12, 13, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 40, 41, 48 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL

Figure 7, 8, 14, 29, 58 Image courtesy of NASA

Figure 10 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Figure 11 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Ames Research Center

Figure 17 © Jan Sandberg

Figure 19 Image courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Figure 20 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

Figure 23 Image courtesy of JPL

Figure 26, 34, 35 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Orion Moon

Figure 30, 31 © The Open University

Figure 32 Image courtesy of W.R. Normak, USGS.

Figure 33 Image courtesy of NASA/ESA/L. Roth/SWRI/University of Cologne

Figure 36, 37, 38, 39 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/ASU

Figure 42 Images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ.

Figure 43 Image courtesy of Cassini Imaging Team/SSI/JPL/ESA/NASA

Figure 44, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Figure 47 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Figure 55 Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI

Figure 59 Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team

Figure 60 Image courtesy of BBC

Figure 61 and 62 courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

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Week 3 guide © The Open University

Volcanic eruptions on Io © The Open University (some materials by courtesy of NASA)

Cryovolcanism on Enceladus © The Open University (some materials by courtesy of NASA)

How Enceladus works © The Open University

Nobody expects the Italian inquisition © The Open University

Is Europa habitable? © The Open University (some materials by courtesy of NASA)

Phobos and Deimos © The Open University (some materials by courtesy of NASA)

Phobos seen from the surface of Mars Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ.

The moons of asteroids © The Open University (some materials by courtesy of NASA/Lance Benner/Marina Brozović/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology)

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