Monday, April 12, 2010

8 Wonders of the Solar System - Interactive Tour

8 Wonders of the Solar System is a Scientific American interactive feature about the solar system. In 8 Wonders of the Solar System viewers explore the sites that future "space tourists" will want to view. The sites are depicted through the artist Ron Miller's drawings. The tour includes audio and video commentary about the featured sites. One of my favorite stops on the tour is the Peaks of Eternal Light on the Moon. The Peaks of Eternal Light are one of the few places in the solar system on which the sun never sets.














Applications for Education
I have to admit that I've never been terribly intrigued by space exploration, but 8 Wonders of the Solar System did pique my interest. 8 Wonders of the Solar System could be good resource for science teachers to use to get students interested in studies of the solar system. After viewing 8 Wonders of the Solar System, you could challenge students to create their own virtual tours of the solar system. Using Google Earth, students could create virtual tours of the Moon and Mars.