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This NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) planet profile provides data and images of the planet Earth. These data include planet size, orbit facts, distance from the Sun, rotation and revolution times, temperature, atmospheric composition, density, surface materials and albedo. Images with descriptions show Earth features such as the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, Simpson Desert in Australia, Mt. Etna in Sicily, the Cassiar Mountains in Canada, the Strait of Gibraltar, Mississippi River, Grand Canyon, Wadi Kufra Oasis in Libya, and Moon images such as Hadley Rille, Plum Crater, massifs and Moon rocks. These images were taken with the Galileo Spacecraft and by the Apollo missions.
Intended for grade levels:
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Ref. material
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-2001, California Institute of Technology. U.S. Government sponsorship acknowledged. Welcome to the Planets is a trademark of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology. JPL images are available for use by the public free of charge. However, by electing to download images from this web site the user agrees that Caltech makes no warranties or representations with respect to its ownership of copyrights for the images, does not represent others who may claim to be owners of rights in the images, and makes no warranties as to the quality of the images.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-601
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Welcome to the Planets'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Planetary Data System