Since 2000, World Space Week has been celebrated around the world, taking place from 4 to 10 October. Love for space, rockets and world discoveries in this area often appears in childhood, because a huge world of the unknown and mysterious opens up before the child. We decided to pick up interesting gifts for children that you can give them during the World Space Week, and at the same time tell a little about what discoveries have been made since the conquest of outer space by man.
INTERESTING! On December 6, 1999, the UN General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week as an annual holiday. Why were the dates chosen — from 4 to 10 October? This choice is based on two important dates in the history of astronautics. On October 4, 1957, the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik‑1, was launched, and on October 10, 1967, an outer space treaty was signed, which states that no country can place nuclear weapons in space, and also cannot present the right to own a cosmic body or its part.
What to tell the child?
This year the theme of World Space Week is “Satellites make life better”, so we have collected the most interesting facts about satellites for you and invite you to share them with your child.
- If your child likes to watch the cartoon “Tom and Jerry”, then be sure to tell him that NASA has two satellites constantly chasing each other in Earth’s orbit — they are also called cartoon characters. By constantly measuring the distance between them, scientists can track gravitational anomalies.
- What would happen if cell phones stopped working in the world? It’s good that we don’t know about this, but in 1998, due to the fact that one of the satellites failed, about 80% of pagers around the world stopped working. Imagine what it was like to be out of touch!
- Scientists program satellites in such a way that they do not collide with meteorites. Just imagine that out of more than 8,000 satellites that are in Earth orbit, only one was destroyed by a meteorite.
- The satellite, launched more than 60 years ago, Avangard‑1, still revolves around the Earth at an altitude of 650 to 3800 km. Its size is the size of a grapefruit.
- Thanks to satellites, weather forecasts have become 15 times more accurate: they can detect the onset of rain and snow and predict the weather for the next 14 days.
What to give a child?
If you want to make space a little closer for a child, then you can give him realistic toys — a space rocket, a space shuttle with an astronaut, a real space station, a spaceship capsule and a planetary rover. And this is not just a toy — these are whole sets, each of which includes an astronaut (or even two) and other details. The game will not only be educational, but also story-driven. After collecting a whole collection, you can build a space station and play out various situations that happen to astronauts.
Let your child dream of outer space!