From the final shuttle launch and changes at NASA, to the International Space Station and falling “space junk,” the exploration of space has been in the news a lot lately. Talking to students about these current events and tapping into their natural curiosity about our solar system is a great way to get them into science.
Did you know that if our planet were the size of a basketball, the moon would be the size of a tennis ball, and the sun would be the size of the dome on the Capitol building? Help students visualize the scale and distances between objects in our solar system with this tool.
For more resources to inspire budding explorers and astronomers, check out the Science NetLinks collection Celebrating Space Exploration. Kids can prepare a spacecraft for a mission to Mercury, learn about a planet’s orbit and rotation, join the hunt for extraterrestrials, and virtually launch a rocket to the moon.
Looking for more? Visit the Space collection from Thinkfinity and participate in the Are Your Children Fascinated with Outer Space? discussion. Also, your class still has time to design experiments that could be flown on the International Space Station.