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The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
This site, The Nine Planets, is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images; some have sounds and movies. Data for each planet includes orbit, diameter, mass, motions, composition, albedo, number of satellites, and visits by probes from Earth. Links to solar system data, a discovery chronology, planetary linguistics, and astronomical names are also provided. The site is available in several languages, including French and Spanish, by accessing the mirror sites.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Ref. material
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1994-2004 by William A. Arnett; All of the images presented on NSSDC's Photo Gallery are in the public domain. As such, they may be used for any purpose. NSSDC does ask, however, that you acknowledge NSSDC as the supplier of the data. In addition, where the source of the image (by project or as a specific person) is credited in the text, you should also acknowledge that, too. Or see NASA's copyright guidelines page. HST images are generally OK for non-commercial use. But see their copyright page. Students and Educators: It is always OK to use my text and NASA's images for classroom projects.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-708
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Bill Arnett