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View Resource Planetary Fact Sheets

Offered by the National Space Science Data Center of NASA, the Planetary Fact Sheets Web site contains helpful information for students studying astronomy. The site lists links to all of the planets, their satellites, and their rings, as well as to tables comparing all the planets. The planet pages contain a photograph and a simple list of dozens of facts such as mass, volume, distance to the...

View Resource Extreme Planet Makeover

You may have heard of elaborate makeover television shows where some individual wishes to have various body enhancements performed or a new house is built in seven days. This fascinating extreme makeover website, from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, is much more edifying. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to make their own planet via a...

View Resource Lunar and Planetary Science at the National Space Science Data Center

The Lunar & Planetary Science section of the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) archives distributes "planetary and lunar data and images obtained from spacecraft missions (both NASA and non-NASA)." Users can find fact sheets, images, and other resources for the nine planets in the solar system as well as for asteroids, the Moon, and comets. Clicking on "Image Resources" under the "Data...

View Resource The Planet Venus

This resource covers early and modern views of Venus; the general features of Venus; its cloud layer, including high velocity winds, the absence of water vapor, and the different wavelengths used to analyze the Venusian atmosphere; properties of the Venusian atmosphere; a runaway greenhouse effect (where oceans would boil and rocks would sublimate), caused by radiation trapping by greenhouse...

View Resource The Astronomy Center

The wonder and mystery associated with distant objects in space has fascinated humans for millennia, and young people today remain eager to learn about the world of astronomy. Introducing various concepts and processes associated with this branch of science in the classroom can be daunting, so educators and the curious public will be glad to learn of the existence of The Astronomy Center website....

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