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Data Sources
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Data National Snow and Ice Data Center
SEAICEBOX Explore monthly satellite images of sea ice in the polar regions.
MY NASA DATA The MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) is now available to create your own microsets for your class or your interests. The LAS contains over 149 parameters in atmospheric and Earth science from five NASA scientific projects.
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.


Downloadable Products
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DPS Slide Set: A Sunlit Lake on Titan This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
DPS Slide Set: Carbon Dioxide Gullies on Mars This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
DPS Slide Set: Buried Glaciers at Mars This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.


Images
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Visible Earth: Cryosphere This is a searchable catalog of NASA images and animations of our planet's ice.
Earth Observatory This site has a wealth of images about snow and ice on Earth, and global maps on snow cover.
National Snow and Ice Data Center This image gallery is searchable by location, project and subject.
Saturn's A Ring from the Inside Out The best view of Saturn's rings in the ultraviolet indicates there is more ice toward the outer part of the rings, than in the inner part, hinting at the origins of the rings and their evolution.
Water Ice on Mars ESA's Mars Express obtained this perspective view of an unnamed impact crater located on Vastitas Borealis. The circular patch of bright material located at the center of the crater is residual water ice.
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.
Europa Images A variety of images are available at this gallery for Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa.
Icy Triton Triton is so cold that most of Triton's nitrogen is condensed as frost, making it the only satellite in the solar system known to have a surface made mainly of nitrogen ice. The pinkish deposits constitute a vast south polar cap believed to contain methane ice, which would have reacted under sunlight to form pink or red compounds. The dark streaks overlying these pink ices are believed to be an icy and perhaps carbonaceous dust deposited from huge geyser-like plumes, some of which were found to be active during the Voyager 2 flyby.


Video
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Cryosphere Multimedia There are several videos of ice on Earth available at the NASA Cryospheric Sciences Program multimedia site.
Mars Exposed (large) Mars Exposed (close-captioned, small) Water ice is found in recent craters on Mars.
Enceladus: Cold Faithful 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.
Your Time to Explore (parts 1 and 2) Check out this new podcast to learn how Mini-RF is searching for ice on the Moon.
Outer Planets Lectures The SETI Institute's videotaped weekly colloquium has a variety of presentations on ice in the solar system, including many talks about Saturn's rings and icy moons.
Solar System Ice In this recorded talk from the SETI Institute, David Jewitt talks about primordial ice reservoirs in the solar system.
Hidden Universe: The One Ring of Saturn This video by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope describes the icy rings of Saturn, their history and a new ring observed recently.


Podcasts
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Water News From Saturn's Moon Enceladus Big water news from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus.
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.
Ice in Space A huge part of the solar system is just made of ice. There are comets, rings, moons, and even dwarf planets. Where did all this ice come from, and what impact (pardon the pun) has it had for life on Earth?
Water on the Moon 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's Deepest Plume Passage: The "E7" Flyby of Enceladus 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.
Saturn's Moon 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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Ice Geysers of Enceladus Animation of the Enceladus limb from three images taken by Cassini spacecraft.
Blue Marble Animation Blue Marble Animation
Geysers on Triton Movie showing geysers on Triton, produced by NASA in 1990. This animation was taken from the movie Voyager Science Summary (CMP 346).
Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap This artist's animation illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.


Interactives
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Global Ice Viewer Explore the sentinels of climate change with this 3D interactive global ice viewer.
I See Ice Children can use the "I See Ice" viewer to look at some of the many places where ice has been found in our solar system, in this interactive by NASA's SpacePlace.
Enceladus Virtual Tour Check out the 3D globe, facts and latest images of this ice-covered moon.


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.

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