Solar System Trading Cards
Teacher Page: Grab Bag
Other "Cool Stuff"
Other resources from ST ScI
Other resources available Outside ST ScI
Books and Other Printed Material
Acrobat PDF document containing the trading cards can be found here.
To make your own deck of cards, print out the PDF. Cut the cards out, but keep the two sides of each card attached. Then, fold in half along the dotted line and tape or glue the two sides together.
Images used in this lesson:
Customize your lesson! Below you will find the images and icons used in the lesson to create your own interactive lesson(s) and overhead transparencies.
Other "Cool Stuff":
One of the unique features of using the World Wide Web is the ability to move quickly and easily to other links of related topics. If you find an appropriate related link, don't forget to Bookmark it for later use. These related links can play an important role in enhancing your lesson by: using them to gather more information for a research topic, using them to learn the latest current events information, and helping to introduce or follow-up a specific lesson module. Here are some web pages from STScI or outside STScI related to the topic of the solar system. The websites are listed in alphabetical order.
Space Telescope's Public Images Organized by Subject: The Solar System
--This site at the Space Telescope Science Institute includes all the press
released images of the solar system taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since
1990. The site is organized by planets. All images include captions and some
include background textual information, animations, and diagrams.
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory --
Welcome to the Planets -- Provided by the California Institute of Technology,
"Welcome to the Planets" is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's
planetary exploration program. The collection has been extracted from the
interactive program "Welcome to the Planets" which was distributed on the
Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM Version 1.5 in December 1995.
- NASA's Planetary Photojournal
-- NASA's JPL site provides images of the solar system. User may select the
images by mission.
Space Science Data Center Photo Gallery -- The NSSDC at the Goddard Space
Flight Center is intended to provide access to some of the more popular space
images. The images presented in the Photo Gallery have a number of different
sources, primarily NASA missions, however. They are generally organized by
object and/or phenomenon on separate pages. The source of the image as well
as the processing involved in producing the image are included wherever possible.
Photo captions for some images are also available.
- Solar System Live
-- Created by John Walker from Fourmilab. This site has an application that
allows you to see a diagram of the current position of the planets in the
Soalr System. Other settings allow the user to customize your view.
- Tour the World's
Largest Model of the Solar System -- This site is provided by the Physics
Department at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. The Lakeview Museum Community
Solar System is the world's largest, as listed in the Guiness Book of Records.
It is a unique model of our Sun and its nine planets, in which both size and
distance are represented on the same scale (42 ft. = 1 million miles/1 m =
1.4x105 km). The planets are centered around the sun, depicted on the Lakeview
Planetarium dome, offering an earthbound concept of the vastness of space.
The site offers information about the Sun and the nine planets.
Other resources available at ST ScI:
The sites are listed in alphabetical order.
- ExInEd - Exploration in Education -- A program of the Special Studies Office at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The site includes electronic picture books and reports for the Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
- Getting Hard Copy of HST Pictures -- This site provides information on how to acquire slides, photographs, and negatives of pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Postal address, fax and phone numbers of the vendors are provided.
- Hubble Primer -- This document produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute offers valuable information to educators and students about the Hubble Space Telescope's mission. The Primer is written in non-technical language and includes features such as: Planing Hubble's Day, Hubble's Top Science Findings, Preparation for a Career in Astronomy, and information on how to contact other NASA sites.
- Hubble Space Telescope List Server -- The Space Telescope Science Institute offers a FREE listserv with the Hubble Space Telescope press releases via-email. Check this site for information on how to subscribe.
- Hubble Space Telescope's Public Images Organized by Subject -- This site at the Space Telescope Science Institute includes all the press released images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since 1990. The site is organized by subject. All images include captions and some include background textual information, animations, and diagrams.
- Looking Beyond Boundaries -- This site, a collaboration between the Exploratorium and the Space Telescope Science Institute, provides information about the Second Servicing Mission. During the 10-day mission, live webcasts provided an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at NASA's mission.
- Origins Education Forum -- The Origins Program is the scientific study of the long chain of events from the birth of the universe in the Big Bang, through the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the chemical elements of life to the profusion of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere. The Forum is the public gateway to the research results, the data, the information, and the human expertise behind this quest.
- Overview of the Hubble Space Telescope -- This site, authored by the Space Telescope Science Institute, provides a plethora of information about the Hubble Space Telescope, its instruments and systems.
- Where is HST Right Now? -- This interactive site provided by the Marshall Space Flight Center tracks the position above the Earth of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as other satellites. Tools provided allow you to customize your view.
Other resources available outside ST ScI:
Below you will find a vast amount of information regarding the Hubble Space Telescope 2nd Servicing Mission. The information comes from many sources other than ST ScI.
Some of the resources are quite in depth, and it is easy to get lost. It is suggested that you bookmark this page before you examine each source. That way, should you get lost, you can simply use the bookmark to get you back to the main page.
Since the various sites are run by other parties, there is no way of guaranteeing their stability. You may occasionally find a site "under construction," or you may find that a site is completely gone. There is no way to control such situations as the sites are out of Space Telescope Science Institute's control.
This page is only a fraction of the information available throughout the web.
If you do not find what you are looking for here, GO FIND IT!!
The websites are listed in alphabetical order.
- Current and
Past Planetary Missions -- Provided by the National Space Science Data
Center at the Goddard Space Flight Center, this site has a comprehensive list
of planetary missions; all missions linked include information, images and
of Extrasolar Planets -- This site provided by the San Francisco State
University offers information and links related to the topic of extrasolar
- Lunar and Planetary Institute
-- At the Lunar Planetary Institute website educators will find has many links
related to the solar system. Included is a 3-D Tour of the Solar System. The
education resources section offers a link to information about how to get
- NASA JPL Mars Pathfinder
-- Learn about NASA's Pathfinder successful mission to Mars. The home page
for the Mars Pathfinder mission offers a myriad of resources, including images
and related textual information. The site provides several related links.
- Passport to Knowledge's:
"Live from Hubble" -- This site was developed in partnership between the
Space Telescope Science Institute and Passport to Knowledge. "Live from the
HST" is an educational program consisting of video, web-based and teacher
curriculum resources. Institute staff information and journals as well as
a plethora of information related to the Hubble Space Telescope can be found
on this site.
Fact Sheets -- Provided by the National Space Science Data Center, the
planetary fact sheets website offers information and images about objects
in the solar system.
- Project Galileo -- The spacecraft
named after the Italian scientist Galileo is currently still orbiting the
Jupiter system. At the project's home page you will find the latest information
about the status of the mission. You will also find information about the
spacecraft's discoveries and educational resources for classroom use.
- Solar System Exploration Home Pages
-- A list of links to all the current and proposed NASA missions to explore
the solar system. The page is provided by NASA's Office of Space Science.
- Solar System Exploration Updates
-- Provided by NASA's Office of Space Science, Exploration of the Solar System
Forum, this page includes updates of all the current missions to the solar
- Solar System Simulator -- Created
by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, this simulator allows the user
to view the planets and moons in our solar system from different point of
views, including Earth. You can set the date and select the object you want
to see. Also included is a list of frequently asked questions.
- The Discovery of a Planetary
Orbit Around the Nearby Star 51Pegasi -- This page from The Electronic
Universe Project at the University of Oregon has graphics, images and diagrams
of the detection of a planet orbiting the star 51Pegasi. The site offers the
latest information about this discovery and continued investigation.
Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System - by Bill Arnett --
Created by Bill Arnett, "The Nine Planets" is an overview of the history,
mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons
in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies,
most provide references to additional related information.
- The Online Planetarium
Show - "Hubble: From Here to Eternity" -- A hypertext-slide show on the
web with information about the Hubble Space Telescope and its discoveries.
The site includes biographical data of some astronomers of the past and stunning
images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The user is also encouraged to
enter his/her personal commentary regarding the images and science topics.
- Windows to the Universe -- This
site, provided by the University of Michigan, offers information about many
topics in astronomy including: earth, the sun, the solar system, space missions,
the universe, and people. The site is graphic intensive.
Books and Other Printed Materials
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Science for All Americans.
Beatty, J. Kelly, Chaikin, Andrew, and Petersen, Carolyn Collins. The New
Binding, Carmen. Solar System.
Birch, Robin. Solar System.
Bortolott, Dan. Exploring Saturn: From Galileo to Cassini.
Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. The Moon Seems to Change.
Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. The Planets in Our Solar System.
Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. The Sky is Full of Stars.
Bredeson, Carmen. Solar System.
Brierley, Jan. 3-D Solar System Book.
Burnham, Robert. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook: an Observer’s
Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System (vol. 1, 2, and 3).
Caprara, Giovanni. The Solar System.
Chesanow, Neil. Where Do I Live?
Clark, Stuart. Journey to the Stars.
Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System.
Cole, Joanna. Magic School Bus Out of This World: A Book About Space Rocks.
Cole, Norma. Blastoff: a Space Counting Book.
Davies, John Keith. Beyond Pluto: Exploring the Outer Limits of the Solar
Davis, Kenneth C. Don’t Know Much About the Solar System.
Encrenaz, Therese, Zarka Philippe, Blanc, Michael, Bibring, Jean-Pierre, and
Roques, Francoise. The Solar System.
Evert, Laura. Planets, Moons, and Stars (Take-Along Guide Series).
Freedman, Roger A. Universe: the Solar System.
Furniss, Tim. Solar System.
Gibbons, Gail. The Planets.
Goldstein, Marget. Solar System.
Gouck, Maura M. Solar System.
Gribbin, John R. Empire of the Sun: Planets and Moons of the Solar System.
Greeley, Ronald. Compact NASA Atlas of the Solar System.
Hansen, Rosanna. My First Book of Space: Developed in Conjunction with NASA.
Hillyard, Julia. Solar System.
Holland, Simon. Space.
Jones, Barrie William. Discovering the Solar System.
Kerrod, Robin. Solar System.
LaFontaine, Bryce. Exploring the Solar System.
Lang, Kenneth R. The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System.
Leedy, Loreen. Postcards from Pluto: a Tour of the Solar System.
Lewis, John S. Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System.
Malloy, Christine with the American Museum of Natural History. Solar System:
Flip Out and Learn.
McGraw-Hill. The Complete Book of Our Solar System (Grades 1-3).
Mitton, Jacqueline. Kingdom of the Sun: a Book of Planets.
Moor, Eva. Space Explorers.
Murray, Carl D., and Dermott, Stanley. Solar System Dynamics.
Nobleman, Marc Tyler. 3-D Thrillers! Solar System.
Rau, Dana Meachen, Labbo, Linda, and Young, Terrence. Solar System.
Reidy, David, and Wallace, Ken. The Solar System: a Practical Guide.
Reigot, Betty Polisar. A Book About Planets and Stars.
Ride, Sally. Exploring Our Solar System.
Ridpath, Ian. Stars and Planets.
Riley, Peter. Our Solar System.
Scholastic Inc. Exploring Space.
Scientific American (Levy, David H.). Understanding the New Solar System.
Seeds, Michael. Solar System.
SETI Institute Staff. Rise of Intelligence and Culture.
Simon, Seymour. Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids.
Simon, Seymour. Planets Around the Sun.
Sipiera, Paul B. The Solar System.
Stern, Alan and Mitton, Jacqueline. Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged
Edge of the Solar System.
Sweeney, Joan. Me and My Place in Space.
Taylor, Stuart Ross. Destiny or Chance: Our Solar System and Its Place in
Tiron, Wil. Peterson First Guide to the Solar System.
VanCleave, Janice Pratt P. Janice VanCleave’s A+ Projects in Astronomy:
Winning Experiments for Science Fairs and Extra Credit.
Vogt, Gregory. Solar System.
Weisbacher, Anne. Solar System.
Wilson, Lynn. What’s Out There? A Book About Space.
Wood, John A. The Solar System.
World Book Inc. Solar System with 3-D Disk.
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