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Scale of the Solar System: The Journey Begins
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Downloadable Product Solar System Lithograph Set (new window) Explore Earth's neighborhood! Each object in our solar system is shared on its own lithograph, with images on the front and facts about the object on the back side.
Downloadable Product Solar System Trading Cards (new window) A suite of thirteen downloadable trading cards present images and information about Earth and its solar system neighbors. Collect 'em all!
Downloadable Product Extreme Space Facts (new window) This color two-page handout showcases the planets and bodies of our solar system and shares amazing extreme facts about our neighbors.
Downloadable Product Solar System Family Portrait (new window) Bring the whole solar system to your desktop with this colorful image.
Images Planetary Photojournal Planetary Photojournal offers an extensive collection of images of varying resolutions from past and present NASA missions operating across the solar system and beyond.
Images 3-D Solar System Nine 3-D images from across our solar system, available at varying resolutions.
Podcast Stroll through the Solar System Join Blueshift for a unique tour of the solar system, as we walk the B&A Trail's Planet Walk in Maryland and talk to scientists along the way.
Podcast Solar System Nomenclature The names of planetary features follow themes from the names of composers to the names of gods from various mythologies.
Podcast New View of the Solar System How has our view of the solar system changed since the beginning of the space age, and what can it tell us about solar systems around other stars?
Podcast Your Head is Jupiter You get to convert your desk to a solar system, but beware, space is bigger than most think!
Podcast Walking With Planets Astronomers blithely speak of the millions or billions of miles between the planets in the solar system, but our brains cannot comprehend what those distances actually look like. Andy Briggs suggests a new, and much more meaningful, way of visualizing those enormous spaces between the worlds. Forget miles in their millions or billions -- what's needed is feet.
Podcast Census of the Solar System When I grew up, there were nine planets, a couple of dozen moons, a hundred comets, and six thousand asteroids. But that was thirty years ago, and things have changed. This podcast combines a look at how many of what objects is/are out there, with some historical digressions on the definitions of the objects involved.
Podcast A Scale Model Of The Universe The intro song to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast contains the words "this stuff is far, far, far away" while referring to astronomical objects. Still, it is very hard to wrap your mind around the actual distances. This podcast aims to visualize the actual sizes and distances of a few of these objects by describing a few scale models of increasing scale factors.
Podcast Interesting Comets Get to know a few well-known comets and the history of man's interaction with them.
Podcast What is the Kuiper Belt? Description: Susan Murph from the How to Grow Your Geek Podcast and her children Amanda and Kevin discuss Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
Video What is a Planet? (new window) This question has been pondered since the early Greeks came up with the word "planetes." This video illustrates the history behind the discussion defining what a planet is, and outlines some of the traits that may be associated with its definition.
Video What Hubble Has Taught Us About the Planets Hubble sees far into the universe, but it also has revealed much about our own solar neighborhood.
Video Hubble's Eye on the Universe (has some pieces about some of the planets) JPL's camera on the Hubble captured some of the most memorable images.
Video The planets seen moving around the sun by SOHO Four planets captured going around our sun.
Video The Solar System (YouTube)
The Solar System (HD Download)
An artist's view of our solar system
Network Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Network Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
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