Explore the Planets
Written by G. Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D., Planetary Geosciences Division, University of Hawai'i. Illustrated by Dennis Tasa.

Version 2.1 no longer requires QuickTime for Windows. Explore the Planets helps students investigate the planets and their satellites and understand the processes that shape them: volcanism, impact cratering, tectonics, landslides, flowing water, and wind. They will study the planets the way planetary scientists do, by comparing, for example, why some volcanoes on Mars are so much larger than their counterparts on Earth. They’ll discover why impact craters are so widespread and much more.

This updated CD-ROM is fully narrated and contains new data and images from recent discoveries and missions into space. The program aids learning with scored review questions. You may print the record, save it to file, or email it through your computer's print dialog or document viewer. Also included is a visual index, an illustrated glossary, colorful animations, video clips, and a planet database. Students can even pilot a spaceship through the solar system and test their knowledge of planetary bodies. Version 2.1 appears in a window that can be moved and resized. Grades 5–12. Student Worksheets available online! To order a version upgrade, click the Buy online button or call

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Explore the Planets
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Tour the Planets: Mercury / Venus / Earth / The Moon / Mars / Asteroids & Comets / Jupiter / Saturn / Uranus / Neptune / Pluto
  • Planet Processes: Landslides / Volcanism / Flowing Water / Wind / Impact cratering / Tectonics / Atmosphere
  • Planet Explorer Game
  • Planet Database
Features in Version 2.1:
  • New images and information for Tour of the Planets sections: Mercury, The Moon, Mars,
    Saturn, and Pluto.
  • Interactive panoramas and videos on Mars and asteroids.
  • Updated data and images in Planetary Database.
  • Fully narrated.
  • Visual index.
  • Interactive illustrated glossary.
  • Easy navigation including page numbers and a jump box on every frame.
  • Scored review questions that can be printed, saved to file, or emailed through your computer's
    print dialog or document viewer.
Explore the Planets Author

G. Jeffrey Taylor

Recipient of the 2011
Shoemaker Distinguished
Lunar Scientist Award
Children’s Technology Review
4.1 Star Review
Technology Review
Horizon Interactive Silver Award
2006 Silver Award
Horizon Interactive Award
Summit Creative Award

2006 Silver Award
Summit Creative Award
System Requirements
Macintosh® PowerPC™ G5 or Intel® Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster; RAM: 1 GB; Mac OS® X 10.4.11 or later. Version 2.1 is compatible with Mac OS® X Yosemite (10.10).
Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent); RAM: 1 GB; Windows® XP, Vista®, 7, or 8.1. Version 2.1 no longer requires QuickTime for Windows.
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