Exploration reveals that our solar system is filled with amazingly diverse places that transform our understanding of Earth and worlds beyond.

The Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery probes the science and history of our exploration of planets and moons. This exhibit tells the stories of the diversity of worlds circling our Sun and how exploring those worlds helps enhance our own understanding of Earth. Exploring the Planets draws on research from scientists in the Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, who are actively involved in current planetary missions.


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Location in Museum National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Gallery 205
South side, three right of center.
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Related Topics: Astronomy Stars Moon (Earth) Sun Telescopes Life sciences Physical science Technology and Engineering Robotics Satellites Solar System Exoplanets Small solar system bodies Dwarf planets Take a Look Inside the Gallery

A rendering depicting the entrance to the gallery.

A rendering showing a preview of part of the exhibit.

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The Blue Giant

Uranus

The Tilted Giant

Saturn

The Ringed Giant

Jupiter

A Giant Among Giants

Mars

The Red Planet

Earth

The Blue Planet & Our Home

Venus

The Hottest Planet in Our Solar System

Mercury

The Swift Planet

The Museum gratefully acknowledges those who have generously supported this gallery.

Ken Griffin

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