Explore the Planets
Explore the Planets
Explore the geology of the planets. Investigate and understand the geologic processes that shape the planets: volcanism, impact cratering, tectonics, landslides, flowing water, and wind.

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You will Learn:

  • planetary geologic processes:
    • volcanism
    • impact cratering
    • tectonics
    • landslides
    • flowing water
    • wind
  • about missions to the planets and the data collected
  • visual aspects of the planets with stunning NASA photographs

Features Include:

  • written by G. Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D., Planetary Geosciences Division, University of Hawai‘i; illustrated by Dennis Tasa
  • data and images from NASA missions, plus animations and video clips
  • “Planet Explorer Game” takes students through the solar system and tests their knowledge
  • a visual index and illustrated glossary
  • a planet database
  • fully narrated with audio controls
  • student quiz scoring that can be used to generate a printed record
  • displayed in a window that can be moved and resized

Grade levels:

  • 5-12

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10

Children’s Technology Review

“Like a textbook on CD-ROM, this is a collection of narrated slides, interspersed with multiple choice application questions. The solid, information-rich design is similar to other Tasa titles, all dealing with Earth science topics.…”

G. Jeffrey Taylor 2011 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award

G. Jeffrey Taylor 2008 Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science

Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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