Basically, I'm looking for something along the lines of a group of explorers traveling to some distant planet and the story focuses on exploration of that planet - alien lifeforms, landscape, etc. One book that comes to mind which I really enjoyed was Planets of Adventure by Murray Leinster. So something along those lines would be great.
Also, I remember reading one of these types of stories in middle school (one of the first sci fi books I read). It involved a crew exploring a planet with a bunch of worm-like creatures. I remember the crew had some kind of laser guns for weapons. Just figured I'd see if anyone might happen to know the name of the book, I think it was published in the mid-80s sometime. Sorry for being so vague, but it was over 15 years ago, so I don't remember much
Thanks alot for any suggestions.