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Water in the Solar System: Water, Water, Everywhere!
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An Ocean Below Enceladus' Icy Crust This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
Water Found on the Moon This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
Possible "Water World" at 40 Light Years This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.

Images
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Earth Observatory This site has a wealth of images about water on Earth, and global maps on sea surface temperature, water vapor, rainfall, and more.
Visible Earth: Hydrosphere This is a searchable catalog of NASA images and animations of our planet's atmosphere. Subcategories include ground water, water quality, and surface water.
Bursting at the Seams Dramatic plumes spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The tiger stripes are fissures that spray icy particles, water vapor and organic compounds.
Natural and False Color Views of Europa This image shows two views of the trailing hemisphere of Jupiter's ice-covered satellite, Europa. Bright plains in the polar areas are shown in tones of blue to distinguish possibly coarse-grained ice (dark blue) from fine-grained ice (light blue). Long, dark lines are fractures in the crust, some of which are more than 3,000 km (1,850 miles) long.

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Mars Exposed
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Water ice is found in recent craters on Mars.
Soaring Over Mars
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Soaring Over Mars: The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen many places on the planet. One of the most interesting is one of the great canyon systems on Mars, where signs of past liquid water exist.
Water News from Enceladus Big water news from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus: liquid water may exist tens of meters or kilometers below the surface. Water geysers are flowing out of the moon's south pole.
One Complete Rotation of Earth Images of Earth, taken by MESSENGER, were sequenced into a movie which follows Earth through one complete rotation.
Oceans of Change Meet an oceanographer and learn what a water balloon can teach us about climate change on Earth.

Podcasts
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Water News From Saturn's Moon Enceladus Big water news from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus.
Amazing Water A very basic lesson of what makes up the water molecule, how it ties to Astronomy and what happens when it is transformed into pure energy.
Water on the Moon In this podcast from the NASA Lunar Science Institute, Dr. Carle Pieters and Dr. Jessica Sunshine talk about their roles in finding water on the Moon.
Wet Mars Juan Guevara Torres, Host of TecnoCasters, talks about how scientists have recently discovered that all of Mars' surface was shaped by liquid water around four billion years ago.
Lakes on Mars Scientists have reported new evidence that there were large lakes and rivers on the Martian surface during a period of history when the planet was thought to be cold and dry. Learn how the discovery will help researchers better understand planetary climate change and also why the finding increases the odds that life might have arisen on the planet.
Water on the Moon II 2009 was a "watershed" year for lunar exploration, as five different spacecraft were involved in discoveries of water on the Moon. Let's take a look back at the discoveries and look ahead to what explorations lie ahead.
Cassini Enceladus Flyby The trajectory of the 7th flyby of Saturn's enigmatic moon Enceladus takes the Cassini Spacecraft deeper into the moon's icy plumes than ever before.
Enceladus: Past, Present and Future Enceladus is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting bodies in the Solar System, due in large part to jets of water vapor emanating from its active south pole which hint at the possibility of subsurface water pockets or an ocean.

Animation
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Water Cycle Animation This animation shows the many physical Earth processes that drive the water cycle. There are two versions of this animation; one with text highlighting the processes as they appear in the visualization and one without text.
Blue Marble Animation This spectacular "blue marble" image is stitched together from months of satellite observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet.
Planets in Motion: Simulated Mars Oceans This animation uses elevation data from NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars to help visualize what Mars might look like today if it had oceans. Downloadable for use in education.

Interactives
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Earth Observatory Global Maps NASA Satellite data can be examined and analyzed in these global maps of rainfall, sea surface temperature, and more. Data sets can be compared, and animations of changes over set periods can be created.
MY NASA DATA Live Access Server This site can be used to gather microsets for your class or interests.
Climate Time Machine Be a time traveler and see how Earth changes. See important climate-related changes that have already occurred or might occur. Watch sea ice shrink, sea level rise, and carbon dioxide and temperature go up.

Networks
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The Globe Program The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE brings together students, teachers and scientists through the GLOBE Schools Network in support of student learning and research. Parents, Scientists and GLOBE Alumni also support students' engagement in GLOBE.
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.
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.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.
Saturn Observation Campaign This network site includes information on how to observe Saturn, and how to participate in training sessions, observing sessions, and posting your own Saturn observing events and photos.

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