Glenbrook South Year-End Projects

The Physics of Planetary Motion

Internet Links

The following World Wide Web sites offer information relevant to your project. Depending on your particular research interest, some sites will obviously be more relevant than others. To optimize the efforts of your web search, each site has been described so that you might judge its usefulness in advance. As you proceed with your World Wide Web search, document your progress (both successes and failures) using the Web Site Trail sheet.


Windows to

the Universe

Information pertaining to our solar system, asteroids, comets, planetary systems, etc. can be found directly at this site. Information is organized at three different levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The site is also a sotrehouse of attractive images, technical data, classroom ideas, and web links. This is a must see.


The NASA Homepage

This NASA home page provides a good starting place for beginning a WWW search. Technical information (or links) can be found on the topics of aeronautics, space science, exploration of space, current events in space exploration, microgravity experiments performed in space, and space flight.


The Planets of NASA

This is an attractive and well-organized site which contains lots of information about the nine planets. Images obtained from NASA's space flights are included on the pages along with statistics and information about each planet.


Bill Nye Labs

Bill Nye ("the science guy") provides a wealth of information about a variety of scientific topics. Use this site to find information on the planetary science. You should be able to find information, at-home experiments, and several links to information about the various planets. From the home page, the Episode Guide and the Web Search categories are good options; then select either "The Planets" or "Space Links" from the the Planetary Science menus.


Hotlist: Space Science


This web page lists a phenomenal variety of sites from which you can retrieve information concerning the science of space. As of this writing (2/27/98), there are over 300 links pertaining to the following topics: black holes, neutron stars, comets, planets, assteroids, space exploration, astronomy, distant stars, relativity, classroom activities, etc. This is an excellent home base for conducting a web search.


NASA's Space

Physics Data System

The most interesting part of this page were the many links to information on actual Space Flights conducted by NASA


HyperText Book



This site contains a wealth of information on your topic. Also includes an assortment of downloadable movies about space topics: solar systems, galaxy information, stellar evolution, planetary motion, etc. Much of the information is instructional or tutorial and thus provides excellent background reading to your topic.


Views Of The

Solar System



Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system and beyond.


Planetary Sciences

at the NSSDC


This page is operated by the National Space Science Data Center. It is the deep archive for NASA planetary and lunar data in digital, document, and photographic formats. NSSDC is responsible for the distribution of planetary images and other data to scientists, educators, and the general public. Check it out! You are sure to find something useful.


Jet Propulsion Lab

The Jet Propulsion Labs is a branch of NASA responsible for the development and design of spacecraft and space exploration equipment. This JPL site features news events, pictures, videos, and animations, information about past, current and upcoming missions, information about JPL's programs and research, and links to other sites.


Live From Mars

This site is a popular site which was developed during NASA's explorations of Mars during the summer of 97. The site is attractive, well-organinzed, thoroughly interesting, and very informative. It was written as a service to the general public to provide information about NASA's landing and exploration of Mars via robotic instruments.


Exploring Planets in

the Classroom


This site contains more thatn 25 hands-on activities in a format which is ready to do;Topics include planetary statistics, planet geology, impace crater studies, solar system information, the physics of gravitational forces and rocketry, and the science of remote sensing.




StarLinks is the on-line home of the book titled In Quest of the Universe by Karl F. Kuhn. There are six components to the site: (a) links to web sites that have relevance to a particular topic in Astronomy, (b) netQuestions (critical thinking exercises), (c)Atronomy news updates, (d) Analogy Cartoons about concepts in astronomy, (e) links to astronomical animations on the WWW, and (f) the Astronomy Picture of the Day.


Space Telescope

Info Service

The Space Telescope Electronic Information Service operates their own home page. The site is packed with information which is directed towards high school science students and teachers. You will find animations (QuickTime movies), images, data, activities and ideas, and a wealth of resources worth looking at.


The Nine Planets



The Nine Planets is a multimedia tour of the solar system. A wealth of information is included at the site which is relevant to your study of planetary motion. Such information includes planetary data, information about other solar systems, asteroids, comets, etc. This is a must see site.

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This page last updated on 3/9/98.