In a spectacular, comprehensive presentation, The Planets draws on consultations with over a thousand leading astronomers, engineers, scientists and astronauts. Featuring rare NASA archival footage, awe-inspiring imagery from the Hubble space telescope, stunning computer graphics and special effects, this unprecedented series explores both the alien beauty of our local space environment and the extraordinary technology that enables us to unlock its secrets.
The Planets would be useful for classes on Science and Technology, Astronomy, and World History. It is appropriate for middle school and high school.
Different Worlds travels back in time and space to witness the awesome forces that gave birth to the sun and the far-flung family of planets that orbit it. From the rocky, superheated surface of Mercury, to the storm-wracked atmosphere of Jupiter and the distant mysteries of Pluto, this is a richly detailed introduction to the creation, composition and alien landscapes of the planets.
Students will explore the theories of the creation of the universe and examine the properties of celestial bodies. They will analyze the relationship between the sun, Earth and the other planets. They will discover the infinite potential of astronomy, and the most current information about space travel and exploration.
NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS
The Planets fulfills the following National Science Education Standards: unifying concepts and processes in science; science as inquiry; physical science; Earth and space science; Science and technology; history and nature of science.Vocabulary