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, moons, and other objects in our solar system. 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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Related Topics: Spaceflight Spacecraft Astronomy Stars Moon (Earth) Sun Telescopes Life sciences Physical science Robotics Satellites Solar System Exoplanets Small solar system bodies Dwarf planets Take a Look Inside the Gallery

The entrance to the gallery.

A view from inside Exploring the Planets.

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Kenneth C. Griffin
Exploring the Planets Gallery
Our Solar System Lunar Rocks Why Earth? Looking for Life on Other Worlds July 14, 2022 4 Ways We Have Explored Our Planets July 14, 2022 Probing Hostile Planets July 15, 2022 Exploring the Red Planet with Robots July 14, 2022 How the Rocky Planets Got Their Shapes July 14, 2022 Tour the Planets in Our Solar System from the Outside In Neptune

The Blue Giant


The Tilted Giant


The Ringed Giant


A Giant Among Giants


The Red Planet


The Blue Planet & Our Home


The Hottest Planet in Our Solar System


The Swift Planet

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

Ken Griffin

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