I'm looking for the total mass of the moons in the solar system in Earth Mass this would be include the 67's moons of jupiter, the 62's of saturn, the 27's Uranus and the 14's for Neptune.

it's a crazy question I know, if you have some list of the object with mass in same range i can make the addition ^^

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    $\begingroup$ Why -1? Jeez, people, this is hysteria. $\endgroup$ – Py-ser Jun 18 '14 at 1:54
  • $\begingroup$ I think "solar" is the wrong term here. $\endgroup$ – TheBluegrassMathematician Jun 18 '14 at 2:02
  • $\begingroup$ You can edit the question, or propose an edit, and this will improve the quality. $\endgroup$ – Py-ser Jun 18 '14 at 2:22
  • $\begingroup$ I like this question -- it might come up in discussions on limits to growth. How much resources are available in our solar system? Possible resource bodies might include all the moons, the asteroids, and KBOs. A +1 from me. $\endgroup$ – HopDavid Jun 18 '14 at 12:34

Here you can find a list of all the natural satellites in our Solar System. You can check one by one (good luck!) OR you can check this webpage, and just add the terms.

Please, keep in mind that the latter website is kind of unknown, so double-check at least some of the masses, before to trust it.

Perhaps, you can cross check with this list as well, and see if other parameters (size, distance, etc.) agree.

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    $\begingroup$ Py-ser missed this page (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Solar_System_objects_by_size). It lists the object with the mass, so it is easier to get the information you want. BTW, you would only need to go down to about 200 km in size since the mass of such small objects would account to less than 0.1% of the total. $\endgroup$ – LDC3 Jun 18 '14 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ Definitely the better way to do it! Thanks $\endgroup$ – Py-ser Jun 18 '14 at 5:52
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    $\begingroup$ The page LDC3 links to has a pie chart. Luna plus Io form close to a 90º wedge or quarter slice. So I'd guesstimate 4 * (8.9e22 + 7.3e22) kg. That comes to about 6.5e23 kg. The earth is about 6e24 kg. So it looks the moons total a little more than a tenth earth mass. $\endgroup$ – HopDavid Jun 18 '14 at 12:21

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