How big is space?
  • You couldnt drive your car to another planet - youd need a rocket.
  • Mars is the closest planet to Earth but it would take about 89 years if I drove there in a car doing 100kms an hour and 81 days if I was in a rocket.
  • It would take 7 years in a rocket to get to Saturn.
  • If I drove to Pluto it would take me about 6,565 years.
  • And if I drove to the Sun, our nearest star, it would take me about 46,800,000 years or 120,000 years in a rocket!
  Did You Know?
  • There are 9 planets in our solar system and they all orbit (circle) the sun.
  • Our Solar System is one of many millions in our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
  • New Zealand and other countries in the Southern Hemisphere face the centre of the Milky Way.
  • There are about 100 billion galaxies in the universe.
  • The Sun is a star and is made from nuclear energy.
  • Mercury is closest to the Sun and is the hottest planet (it would be hotter than living in a fire).
  • Pluto is the furthest from the sun and the coldest planet (it would be colder than living in a freezer).
  • A single day on Mercury, from sunrise to sunset, would last 176 days on Earth.
Can you name all the planets in the order from the sun? Ill give you the first initial for each to help you. M, V, E, M, J, S, U, N, P.
Look for the first star of the night. Where is it? Does it appear in the same place every night? See if you can find out its name.
Visit your local library and search for books about your favourite planet. What interesting, strange and funny things can you find out about it?
How hot does it get on that planet, and how cold?
How long are the days, and how long are the nights?
Is there water on that planet?
Design your own planet based on the facts that you find out about planets in your investigations.
What do you do when you see a spaceman?
You park in it, man.

Why did Mickey Mouse go to Space?
To find Pluto
From Kate Leach

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