(major revision 01.04.08)
The volumes of information coming in regarding our solar system is transforming our knowledge of the Earth and our place in the universe. This site was created to provide students with a jumping off point for their own investigations. I hope you find it useful. Planetary research, including the search for extrasolar planets and the search for extraterrestrial intellegence is absolutely essential for knowing why, and how we are here...help promote and support the science, technology and engineering that will carry humanity through to the third millennium.
This site is dedicated to the planetary pioneers of our age, particularly three people who had the vision of discovery and showed us worlds that were at one time imagination, now are realities...Carl Sagan, Jacques Cousteau, and Gene Shoemaker. You are out there, and we thank you all for your work to stir imagination and wonder. May the next generation be so lucky to have giants such as you in their midst.
Cassini: Exploration of
Returning spectacular pictures of the rings of Saturn as it arrived after a 10 year journey, Cassini promises to amaze us yet again with images and information from the solar system. My hats off to the crew of this wandering robot.
Robot Invasion of Mars!
The X Prize: $10M to the first commercial human space flight
China launches their first astronaut (Yang Liwei) Oct 15 2003:
Return to the Moon
Genesis Mission: Launch August 7, Sample recovery September 2004
Mars Odyssey: Launch April 7 Arrived October 24 2001
International Space Station
See our ISS simulation project, CS4: the Canadian Student Space Station Simulator...a pioneering effort by the students of St. Peter High School, Orleans Ontario Canada.
MESSENGER: Mercury Mission
Exploratorium: Hubble Space Telescope
Scotty's Planet WAVE
Earth and MoonAhhh, the home planet. Much is to be learned about the mechanisms that run this amazing place, the processes that allow us to live and sit at computer terminals and read web pages. The view from space has certainly changed the way we look at the world. NASA's Mission to Planet Earth has, and will continue, to provide us with the insights about what makes Gaia tick.
[See top of this page for the latest news on the Mars invasion]
Who can forget Pathfinder and Sojourner? And now, spectacular pictures coming from MGS, the Mars Global Surveyor. The failure of the Polar Lander, and the Climate Orbiter was certainly disappointing, but the lessons are learned (?) and we can expect big things over the next few years. What an exciting time to live! Keep track of Mars initiatives at:
A whole flotilla of spacecraft is being prepared for Mars for the next decade. With luck, we will have a whole new set of answers (and questions!), in regards to the Red Planet. Mars has always fascinated me, it is the one world so much like home. I'm sure life or evidence thereof will be found there. I've assembled some links for you as a means to learn more about this exciting world, hope you enjoy. Let me know if you know of others.
Asteroids and Comets
Comets and Beyond
Other Stellar Systems