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Quiz about Our Crooked Solar System
Quiz about Our Crooked Solar System

Our Crooked Solar System Trivia Quiz


Our Solar System is home to many different worlds. The various crooked lines on the surfaces of these worlds makes each one unique. Let's see if you can identify where in the Solar System these photos were taken.

A photo quiz by RedHook13. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
RedHook13
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
391,350
Updated
Feb 23 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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495
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Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. The crooked lines in this photograph belong to a canyon known as Valles Marineris. Where in the Solar System is this canyon located? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This photograph was taken by a spacecraft known as Magellan, which contained instruments that allowed it to see through this world's thick atmosphere and view its crooked surface. Where was this photo taken? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Voyager 2 captured a photo featuring the crooked surface of this moon, located in the outer Solar System. It is the only moon of its size to have a retrograde orbit around its parent planet. Which moon is it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Images of this crooked ice formation were taken by a satellite that is designated as EOS AM-1. Which of the following worlds is being featured in this photo? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This crooked moon is named after a character from the play "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. Which of these worlds is it? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The Cassini spacecraft took a photograph of the crooked surface of this icy moon. The moon features geysers that contribute to the formation of one of Saturn's rings. Which moon is this? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The crooked lines you see on this Jovian moon may be cracks on its icy crust, which may be hiding an ocean beneath it. What is the name of this moon?

Answer: (One Word (think of a continent))
Question 8 of 10
8. These crooked lines were photographed by the Huygens spacecraft as it descended through this space object's atmosphere. Where in the Solar System is this? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The crooked line we see in this photograph is a ridge that stretches across the equator of this Saturnian satellite. Which satellite is it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. These crooked lines were sent back to Earth by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Which of these far out places are we looking at? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The crooked lines in this photograph belong to a canyon known as Valles Marineris. Where in the Solar System is this canyon located?

Answer: Mars

Valles Marineris is a canyon located on Mars. This photograph was taken by the Viking 1 spacecraft launched in 1975. Scientists are still trying to determine how the canyon was formed. It has been theorized that Mars may have had water on its surface in its past, but this is yet to be proven. The canyon could have been formed by other methods, such as lava.
2. This photograph was taken by a spacecraft known as Magellan, which contained instruments that allowed it to see through this world's thick atmosphere and view its crooked surface. Where was this photo taken?

Answer: Venus

The Magellan spacecraft was launched in 1989. Its mission was to study the planet Venus. Magellan had instruments on board that allowed it to peer through the thick atmosphere of Venus and map its terrain. Venus' atmosphere consists of mostly carbon dioxide which heats the planet up to over 900F, making it tough to land spacecraft onto its surface to study it up close.
3. Voyager 2 captured a photo featuring the crooked surface of this moon, located in the outer Solar System. It is the only moon of its size to have a retrograde orbit around its parent planet. Which moon is it?

Answer: Triton

Triton is the largest moon of the planet Neptune. It is unique in that it orbits Neptune in a retrograde orbit (opposite of other satellites its size). It is believed that Triton may have been a captured object from the Kuiper Belt which would explain its unusual orbit. Triton is thought to contain cryo-volcanoes on its surface which eject nitrogen based substances and gives the moon a thin atmosphere.

It was observed by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.
4. Images of this crooked ice formation were taken by a satellite that is designated as EOS AM-1. Which of the following worlds is being featured in this photo?

Answer: Earth

This picture was taken by the Terra satellite and is of the Pine Island Glacier located on the continent of Antarctica. The Terra satellite is part of the EOS (Earth Observing System). The Pine Island Glacier was found to be in the process of breaking off from the rest of the continent, which may have been caused by global climate change.
5. This crooked moon is named after a character from the play "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare. Which of these worlds is it?

Answer: Miranda

Miranda is one of the moons of the planet Uranus. It was first discovered in 1948. The surface of Miranda is very rugged with many steep canyons. Most of the moons of Uranus were named after fictional characters from works by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Miranda was a character who appeared in "The Tempest". Titania appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Phoebe and Rhea are moons of Saturn.
6. The Cassini spacecraft took a photograph of the crooked surface of this icy moon. The moon features geysers that contribute to the formation of one of Saturn's rings. Which moon is this?

Answer: Enceladus

Enceladus is a moon of Saturn and was discovered in 1789. Enceladus is thought to have an ocean below its crust and is a strong candidate for the discovery of life outside of the Earth. Geysers on the moon expel water-based substances into space. The geysers contribute to the formation of Saturn's E ring.

The space probe known as Cassini took this photo of Enceladus during its mission to Saturn.
7. The crooked lines you see on this Jovian moon may be cracks on its icy crust, which may be hiding an ocean beneath it. What is the name of this moon?

Answer: Europa

Europa is another moon that is speculated to have a ocean of water beneath its surface and is another strong candidate for finding life outside of the Earth. It is one of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter along with Io, Ganymede and Callisto. Astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered these moons in 1610.

The photograph was taken by the Galileo spacecraft which visited Jupiter in the late 1990s.
8. These crooked lines were photographed by the Huygens spacecraft as it descended through this space object's atmosphere. Where in the Solar System is this?

Answer: Titan

The lines in the photograph may be rivers of liquid methane on the moon of Saturn known as Titan. Titan has a thick atmosphere of mostly nitrogen and methane. The Huygens probe was launched with the Cassini spacecraft during its mission to Saturn and arrived on Titan in 2005.

The Huygens probe descended through Titan's atmosphere in order to observe the moon's atmosphere and surface features.
9. The crooked line we see in this photograph is a ridge that stretches across the equator of this Saturnian satellite. Which satellite is it?

Answer: Iapetus

Iapetus is a Saturnian satellite that was discovered in the year 1671. The moon features a ridge of mountains that stretch along its equator. These mountains can rise as tall as 20 km above the surface of Iapetus. Iapetus is also famous for having a distinct light and dark side of its surface. The photograph was taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its mission to Saturn.
10. These crooked lines were sent back to Earth by the New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Which of these far out places are we looking at?

Answer: Pluto

The New Horizon spacecraft made a flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto in the year 2015. It was the first time since its discovery that Pluto was observed up close by spacecraft. New Horizons was launched in 2006 and took nine years to arrive at Pluto. New Horizons has traveled beyond Pluto and is expected to observe other objects further out in the Kuiper Belt.
Source: Author RedHook13

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