Tour the inner solar system

Take a deep dive into the rocky planets that make up our local neighborhood.

Alan Shepard in his space suit next to the launching Redstone rocket

Dense gas and dust known as a protoplanetary disk surrounds a young star in this artist’s concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The solar nebula that birthed the Sun and its stellar siblings likely resembled the Orion Nebula. Credit: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of our star Oct. 1, 2015. A mid-level solar flare can be seen near the equator on the right side of the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO

Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie

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Alan Shepard in his space suit next to the launching Redstone rocket

Often referred to as our sister planet, Venus is blanketed by a thick atmosphere of sulfuric acid. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Alan Shepard in his space suit next to the launching Redstone rocket
Alan Shepard in his space suit next to the launching Redstone rocket

Humanity has the Moon to thank for many of the things that make Earth the planet we know. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

Alan Shepard in his space suit next to the launching Redstone rocket

Mars is dotted with surface features that indicate water may have once ran over its surface. One such example is the Valles Marineris canyon system, or the martian Grand Canyon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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