9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Probes Probes : A space probe is a robot that carries scientific instruments. Probes fly past, orbit or land on a planet. Probes have explored planets and other bodies in our solar system since 1959. The first space probes, the Soviet-made Luna probes, travelled to the Moon. In […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Rockets Rockets : Rockets propel spacecraft away from Earth’s gravity and into space. How does a rocket work? Like all objects, rockets are held to Earth’s surface by the pull of gravity. Rockets need to achieve a speed of 11 kilometres per second or 40000 kilometres per hour […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Hubble Telescope Hubble Telescope : The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit in 1990. Astronomers can see further into space with Hubble than with any telescope on Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope is a satellite which orbits Earth at a distance of about 600 kilometres. It is […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Telescopes Telescopes : Optical telescopes are used in observatories around the world. The optical telescopes in observatories are reflecting telescopes. Reflecting telescopes use mirrors to gather and focus light from distant objects. Optical telescopes are built in high, dark places. The height reduces distortion caused by heat and […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Exploring Space Exploring Space : Space exploration has a fascinating history and will continue into the future with many nations now involved in the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars. Humans have explored space for thousands of years. In early times, they used their eyes to […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Glossary of Solar System Glossary of Solar System : atmosphere : layer of goses surrounding a planet axis : an imaginary line which passes through a planet from the North to the South Pole core : the central part of a planet crater : a hollow resulting from […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Solar Family Solar Family : Sun = 332 950 x Earths The Sun is so massive its interior could hold 1.3 million Earths. Mercury = 0.055 x Earths Because of its proximity to the Sun the average surface temperature on Mercury is 179 degrees Celsius. – Solar Family […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Amazing Facts about Our Solar System AMAZING FACTS about Our Solar System : The solar system includes the Sun, the nine planets and their 158 presently known moons. It also includes asteroids, meteoroids, comets and interplanetary dust. Come on a journey and travel through our solar system. Visit […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Solar Eclipse Solar Eclipse : Sometimes the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth so the three are in a straight line. The Moon blocks the Sun’s light and part of the Earth is in the Moon’s shadow. This is a solar eclipse. Discover what happens in […]

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9 Nov 2014
Nov 9 2014

Day and Night Day and Night : Earth’s rotation on its axis causes day and night. As Earth spins, sunlight only falls on one-half of the planet. This means it is daytime on that side of Earth. On the other side, it is night. This way we have […]

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