Views of the Solar System

Calvin Hamilton, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

A vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Users can select information for each of the planets, plus information on influential individuals and history in astronomy. Each section gives an introduction to the planet or subject, and provides additional pictures and statistics such as mass, equatorial radius, mean density, mean distance form the sun, rotational period, orbital period, mean orbital velocity, orbital eccentricity, tilt of axis, magnitude, atmospheric pressure, and others. Also included is a section on historical sun, planet and satellite data such as when each was discovered and by whom. There is also a glossary, and a planetary data browser which allows users to query a database containing planetary data.

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Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science
Special Interest: Visualization
Grade Level: General Public
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science