Solar System News
NASA Encourages Public to Explore Its Curiosity With New Rover-Themed Badge on Foursquare

12/27/12 - NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

NASA's Grail Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

12/17/12 - NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission team.

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The exceptional 3D model of the solar system found above was developed by Sunaeon. There are three main modes of this model. The first is the heliocentric (sun-centered) mode of the solar system. If, while in this mode a planet is double-clicked, the model takes on the perspective of the solar system as viewed from the planet. The second mode is the geocentric (Earth-centered) view of the solar system. The third and final mode is the panoramic view of the solar system. In this mode not only is the solar system viewed from the perspective of an observer in Greenwich, England, but also included are the constellations in their astronomically correct position in the sky. Each of these different modes may be accessed by clicking on the telescope found on the lefthand side of the model.