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    The MUSE narrow field mode with its very high spatial resolution is ideally suited to the spatially resolved spectroscopy of solar system bodies. While much more detail can obviously be obtained by space probes, one visit is not the whole story given the significant evolution with time of atmospheres and surfaces of most solar system objects. There are a number of exciting scientific questions in the field of planetary sciences to which MUSE will significantly contribute :

    - Investigation of the planetary surfaces of the Galilean satellites and of Titan’s atmosphere and surface,
    - Study and mapping of the optical and mineralogical surface heterogeneities of the small bodies of the solar system (earth-grazing and main belt asteroids, comets),
    - Monitoring of the temporal evolution (e.g. seasonal effects) of the atmospheres of the giant planets and their dynamics, with special emphasis on the observation of the atmospheres of Neptune and Uranus.

    GIF - 20.6 kb
    MUSE Narrow Field Mode spatial resolution and field of view will allow the monitoring of temporal changes in the Uranus atmosphere

    Solar System Science Case - 779 kb

    Complete description of the solar system science case