rendering of planets in our solar system by pinkpix

Planetary Science

Explore our learning resources related to planetary science.

Teach your students and kids about our solar system and planetary science with National Air and Space Museum resources, including interactive activities, blogs, videos, episodes of our middle school webcast STEM in 30, What's New in Aerospace talks, AirSpace podcast episodes, the EZ Science video series with director Ellen Stofan, and more.

All Planets        Dwarf Planets, Meteors, and More        Earth        Eclipses        Exoplanets        Mars       Moon        Outer Planets        Sun


All Planets

Understanding Habitable Zones

Planetary Images

Planets and their moons in Exploring the Planets

Exploring The Planets

TARs on Mars

Learning Lab: Planetary Topography

<i>Curiosity</i> Self Portrait

What's Your Perfect Planetary Destination?


Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion


Dwarf Planets, Meteors, and More

New Horizons Flies by Pluto

What an Accidental Discovery Told Us About Pluto

Leonid Meteor Shower Image 2

AirSpace: When You Wish Upon a Star

Earth's Magnetic Field

AirSpace: Big Iron



Geography from Space

Geography from Space

Earth from Space--Lena Delta

Looking at Earth

How Things Fly Explainers Demonstrate Forces of Flight

Air is Stuff

International Space Station floats above Earth

Gravity in Orbit

How Things Fly

Gravity Keeps Us Down to Earth



A Solar Eclipse

Lightning Lesson: How to Make Your Own Eclipse

March 29, 2006 Solar Eclipse

Lightning Lesson: How to Create Eclipse Art

A partial eclipse.

Lightning Lesson: 5 Fun Ways to View an Eclipse

Visitors in the Public Observatory

Lightning Lesson: 7 Facts About Solar Eclipses



Habitable Planets

The Fun of Finding Exoplanets


Search for New Planets

earth and sun

The Search for Habitable Planets

Kepler-16b: Where the Sun Sets Twice

Planets in the Goldilocks Zone



Illustration of the InSight lander on the surface of Mars.

The InSight Lander, Looking Deep into the Red Planet

Image Taken by Viking Spacecraft from the Surface of Mars

Technological Breakthroughs of the Viking Lander

Evidence for Liquid Water on Mars Today!

Today, Mars is warmer than Earth. See how we compare.

Orb with images of craters and mountains

AirSpace: Out of the Frying Pan


AirSpace: Good Vibrations

Mars Pathfinder’s View of Twin Peaks

EZ Science: The Path to Mars

Southern Spring on Mars

STEM in 30: Mars

Artist concept of rover Curiosity performing tasks on the surface of Mars.

STEM in 30: Mars Rovers

More about Mars



Apollo 11: Close-up of Astronaut's Foot and Footprint in Lunar Soil

EZ Science: Moon/Apollo

Apollo 11 Traverses

First Moonwalk Fits on a Baseball Field

Slice of Moon Rock

Moon Rocks with STEM in 30

Telescopic observing draws young visitors

Open Space - Lunar Observing


Outer Planets

Chasms on Dione

Discovering Mysterious Features On Saturn’s Moon Dione

The dark streaks in this image are nitrogen geysers erupting at Triton’s south pole.

40 Years of (Triton) Summer


Out of This World Storms! Hurricanes on Jupiter



Artist’s concept of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the Sun.

Parker Solar Probe's Mission to Solve Stranger Things

The “supersun” of January 2, 2018. Pictured, the blank surface of the Sun.

A Supersun (And Why It Doesn’t Mean Summer Weather)

Sun - December 28, 2011

EZ Science: Our Favorite Star