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Where can I find pictures of the nine planets?

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Various websites dedicated to the solar system have photos of the nine planets. Some of these websites are universetoday.com, nineplanets.org, space.com and popsci.com. Most of the photos online are credited to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA.

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NASA offers detailed photos of the planets on its Photojournal website. Visitors can search for images of the planets by mission, spacecraft, instrument or collection.

According to an article in Space.com, a favorite photo of a planet among scientists, photographers, authors and historians is the Earthrise. This is planet Earth’s first picture, which was taken in December 1968 by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders.

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