What objects make up the Solar System? This is a question astronomers have studied for centuries. Today you work for NASA and will use information you gather from the Internet to identify and classify objects in the Solar System.
Your first assignment is to complete the Classifying the Planets Worksheet. To complete the worksheet, look at the following websites:
Solar System Exploration – Our Solar System
The Planets & Dwarf Planets
Our Solar System
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Celestial Objects
Astronomy.com For Kids - The Solar System
Windows on the Universe - Meteors
Nine 8 Planets - Scroll down and select a planet!
Task, the Sequel
Look at the pictures of the planets on the right. All of these pictures were taken by space probes. Space probes have changed what we know about our Solar System.
Your final assignment it to write a report about a space probe. Using the website below. Select a probe. Using your Planetary Probe Report Guidelines, collect the required information about your probe and then write your report. Have fun learning about a space probe.
Space Probe Information
Planetary Missions, Data, and Information
NASA Science Missions
When you reach this point, you have completed your assignment! Congratulations! Repeat after me - "I am a planetary genuis. I am so smart I amaze myself!"