Website with spectacular solar system images unveiled

May 4, 2011 By Cathy Weselby and Megan Watzke

NASA has made available for the public a new online collection of images of our solar system and locations on Earth where astrobiology researchers travel to conduct field research.

Called “From Earth to the ,” or FETTSS, the showcase the excitement of planetary exploration and the journey to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system, and the search for life elsewhere. Images may be downloaded and displayed with the proper photo credit.

The site is a collaboration between Ames Research Center’s Astrobiology Institute in Moffett Field, Calif., and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass. The collection is being released to celebrate NASA’s Year of the Solar System -- a time of unprecedented planetary science mission activity. The celebration runs from October 2010 through August 2012.

The online collection will allow interested individuals, groups, and organizations to plan their own solar system exhibits. A NASA-sponsored traveling version of the collection is planned for display at several U.S. locations. This summer, the exhibit will be featured at various locations around the world. These exhibitions are made possible through a partnership with the National Center for and Space Science’s “Voyage National Program,” Capitol Heights, Md.

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