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The Solar System

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Home pages of the main solar system web sites used above:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL): Solar System Exploration
"Solar System Exploration" has been created by NASA to provide an introduction to their exploration of the solar system.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
GSFC is NASA's foundation center for Earth science. Its web site covers topics such as glacier flow, earthquake forcasting, global pollution monitoring, and hurricane tracking.
NASA's National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)
NSSDC is part of GSFC and has data and mission information on space and solar physics, lunar and planetary science and astrophysics. There are databases on a variety of topics such as bow shocks and magnetospheres. In addition, ModelWeb provides a model catalog and archive of atmospheric, ionospheric, magnetospheric, and gravitation/geopotential models (here). For each solar system object, the NSSDC page with external links has been included with the internal pages. These pages provide a quick way to find all kinds of information on the object.
NASA's Johnson Space Center
JSC web site contains information on the moon and space flight. Astromaterials Curation can be found here.
Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG)
The Royal Observatory's web site contains a very useful section called Astronomy Fact Files which is divided into sections such as the universe, the stars, and the solar system. Much of the ROG internal pages content has been downloaded from the solar system section. Astronomy Fact Files can be accessed from the menu on the left hand side of the ROG home page.
European Space Agency (ESA) Science and Technology
ESA's Science and Technology web site is organized by mission. Use either the site map or the solar system main page (here) to navigate through solar system topics.
Nick Strobel's Astronomy Notes.
Astronomy Notes is an excellent web site covering all introductory astronomy topics.(here).
The Nine Planets.
The Nineplanets web site is an overview of the current scientific knowledge of each planet and the major moons in the solar system. At the end of each section, there is a very useful list of related external web sites pertaining to the planet. In addition, the 'Open Issues' section lists the current research areas and controversial topics for each planet.(here).
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS provides information on science topics including Earth characteristics, atmosphere and climate, geological processes, natural resources, etc.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
This site includes a selection of links to topical images from APOD archives (here). In addition to outstanding images, each APOD picture has external links related to the subject of the picture.

Other solar system related external web sites:

NASA's NSSDC Photo Gallery
High resolution images of planets and other astronomical objects are available.
NASA's Mar Exploration Home Page
Mars missions, scientific results, live images, etc are found here.
Fred Espenak's Eclipse Home Page
The main source for information about Solar eclipses and planetary transits of the Sun. Contains huge amounts of information about eclipses past and future, and is an invaluable resource for eclipse chasers.
Views of the Solar System
"Views of the Solar System" is a multimedia tour of the Sun, planets, and other solar system bodies. Included with the many images and much text are lesson plans and activities which may help in learning about the solar system. Also includes many mpeg files showing various astrophysical phenomena, such as solar flares.
Welcome to the Planets
"Welcome to the Planets" is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.
NASA's Planetary Photo-journal
NASA's "Planetary Photo-journal" has been designed with the purpose of providing easy access to the publicly released images from the various Solar System exploration programs.
Solar System Dynamics
"Solar System Dynamics" has been created by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to provide information related to all known bodies in orbit around the sun.
Solar System Simulator
The "Solar System Simulator" is produced by NASA and Caltech and allows one to simulate a view of one of the planets (or moons) from another location in the solar system at a given time.
Solar System Live
"Solar System Live" is an interactive Orrery (mechanical model of the solar system) on the web, produced by John Walker. By entering the current date and time, one can view the positions of the planets as seen from above.

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