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  Solar System descends on Britain
Updated 20 March 2004, 12.23
Solar-System montage of nine planets produced by Jim Klemaszewski, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University, US.
A project to bring the size of the Solar System down to Earth - or rather to the UK - has been launched.

Spaced Out, as it is called, aims to create the world's largest scale model of the Solar System.

The model will be constructed across the UK, with many planets located in school grounds.

The Sun will be based in Manchester, with Earth about 10 miles away. Pluto will be in Fort William, Scotland and Halley's Comet in London.

In total there wil be 18 models which will represent the Sun, the planets, as well as comets and asteroids.

Designer planets

But rather than actual models of the planets, each planet will be a sculpture or art work.
Jodrell Bank, Manchester: the centre of the Solar System
The Sun will be based in Jodrell Bank, Manchester

"It will unite art, science and technology," explained project director Nigel Marshall.

It is hoped that Spaced Out will promote further interest in space after the recent expeditions to Mars.

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