Incredible Images of The Planets!

There have been 8 confirmed planets discovered orbiting the Sun within our Solar System. It has only been in the most recent decades, that we have learnt much about them when spacecraft visited and image them directly. This is especially true for the outer gas giants because of their distance from Earth. However, spacecraft visiting the terrestrial planets have also been able to send back incredible images, in much finer detail, than is possible by Earth-based telescopes or even the Hubble Space Telescope. Enjoy exploring by viewing this amazing selection of images, some of the best ever taken, and select the planet title to learn fun facts about each!

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The Planet Mercury

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Mercury and Earth's Orbit
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The Planet Venus

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Mariner 2 - Mariner 2 was the world first successful interplanetary spacecraft. Launched August 27, 1962, on an Atlas-Agena rocket, it passed within about 34,000 km of Venus. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Earth

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View From A V2 - The first pictures of Earth as seen from altitude greater than 100 miles in space from V2 rockets in New Mexico in 1947. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Mars

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Mars Up Close - Wind Carved Rock On Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Jupiter

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Closest Approach - Pioneer 10's view during it's flyby of Jupiter. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Saturn

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Saturn Montage - This image of the Saturnian system was assembled by images taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft during its flyby in 1980. It shows the moons Dione, Tethys, Mimas, Enceladus and Rhea with Titan in lts distant orbit at the top. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Uranus

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Relative Orbits - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are known as the Jovian Jupiter-like planets because they are all gigantic gas planets compared with Earth and the rocky inner planets. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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The Planet Neptune

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Pioneer And Voyager Probe Paths - Pioneer 10 & 11 and the Voyager I & II paths to the outer planets. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)
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