posted on February 28 2019
Space travel is an age old favourite for kiddies. And why wouldn’t it be? A mystic place with sparkling stars, amazing planets and super human astronauts that get to go in rockets…too cool.
From the day that they are born, children are testing the limits of what is and what isn’t. What happens when I drop this? What if I touch that? And if only I could put my hand through this? The planets, space, rockets and stars are just an extension of the laws of physics and the natural curiousity inherent in children.
And as our technology gets more sophisticated and we explore traveling at the speed of light and sound, I can only imagine the possibilities of Space when our little ones are grown up. A condo on Mars anyone?
National Geographic Kids put together these very cool 10 fun facts. Like would you believe that the sun is on million times bigger than the earth. One million?! And to match we put together a gift edit to inspire the galaxy explorer in all of us.
Facts about Space
1) One million Earths could fit inside the sun – and the sun is considered an average-size star.
2) For years it was believed that Earth was the only planet in our solar system with liquid water. More recently, NASA revealed its strongest evidence yet that there is intermittent running water on Mars, too!
3) Comets are leftovers from the creation of our solar system about 4.5 billion years ago – they consist of sand, ice and carbon dioxide.
4) You wouldn’t be able to walk on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune because they have no solid surface!
5) If you could fly a plane to Pluto, the trip would take more than 800 years!
6) Space junk is any human-made object orbiting Earth that no longer serves a useful purpose. Scientists estimate there are about 500,000 pieces of space junk today, including fragments from rockets and satellites, and everyday items like spanners dropped during construction of the International Space Station!
7) An asteroid about the size of a car enters Earth’s atmosphere roughly once a year – but it burns up before it reaches us. Phew!
8) The highest mountain known to man is on an asteroid called Vesta. Measuring a whopping 22km in height, it is three times as tall as Mount Everest!
9) There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s at least a billion trillion!
10) The sunset on Mars appears blue.
1. My Desktop Solar System by Brainstorm: £9.00 | 2. Astro Adventures Lottie Doll Accessories Set: £12.00 | 3. Organic Star Plush Heater Toy for Babies by Nanchen: £32.00 | 4. Wishbone Limited Edition Space Bike: £210 | 5. Sam’s House Mini Astronaut Suitcase by Meri Meri: £27.50 | 6. Loyal Companion Doll & Dog by Lottie: £28.00 | 7. 2 in 1 Globe – Earth and Constellations by Brainstorm: £52.00 | 8. Pencil Case by Djeco: £10.00