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Take a tour of our extra-terrestrial neighborhood

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  • NASA’s Solar System Exploration website is a fun, easy way to explore our solar system
  • Each planet and other terrestrial objects have an in-depth profile
  • Users can easily compare data from other planets to Earth

Did you know that if you traveled to Saturn in a car at 62 mph, it would take 3,653 years to get there?

Now you’ve got a detail to toss out at cocktail parties. Space trivia like this can be found on NASA Science’s Solar System Exploration, a fun, interactive website with a ton of information about our solar system.

<strong>Jewel of the solar system. </strong>Adorned with thousands of beautiful ringlets, Saturn is unique among the planets. All four gas giant planets have rings — made of chunks of ice and rock — but none are as spectacular or as complicated as Saturn's. Courtesy NASA.

Visitors can navigate the website by scrolling through each of the planets and objects on its main page, or by clicking the map selector to reveal a dropdown menu of the planets and how close they are to the sun.

The first section contains an in-depth history of each planet’s geological and physical features, along with a timeline of related NASA missions.

Another section features noteworthy people who have worked on NASA’s missions to the planets and what their contributions were to each project.

An interactive photo gallery is one of the website’s highlights offering a view of the images taken of a planet over the years.

At the bottom of each planet’s web page is a section featuring recent news about the planet from NASA, giving the visitor a detailed view of the most recent information available.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the website is its by-the-numbers section: A section which has information about orbit size around the sun, equatorial radius, mass, density and a many other categories.

In addition to planets, users can browse information about the sun, asteroids, comets, dwarf planets, Kuiper belt objects, and the Oort cloud, which is the farthest object in our solar system.

So if you’re thinking about taking a trip to Saturn, take a tour of NASA’s Solar System Exploration website before you blast off.

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