Written by: on May 3, 2021 @ 8:00 am

Join High Touch High Tech in celebrating
Space Day
May 7th!

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Space…The final frontier! We all remember these immortal words spoken by Captain Kirk, of the starship Enterprise. It was on a fictional 5-year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. These are such strong words, that have inspired a generation of people to seek interest in space exploration.

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The space age started in 1957 with the launch of the Russian satellite, Sputnik. The world’s first satellite was the size of a beach ball, weighed only 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit Earth. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the Great Space Race.

In response to this “Sputnik moment,” the U.S. government undertook several policy actions, including the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), enhancement of research funding, and reformation of science and technology being taught at schools.

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NASA launched the Mercury, Apollo, and space shuttle programs over the next 20 years. The United States lead the world in space exploration and achievements.

In 2002, SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp) was founded by Elon Musk. SpaceX is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company.  SpaceX’s goal is to reduce space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.  SpaceX manufactures the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, several rocket engines, Dragon cargo and crew spacecraft, and Starlink satellites. SpaceX is on a mission to Mars, along with NASA.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster served as the payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and became an artificial satellite of the Sun. “Starman”, a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, occupies the driver’s seat!

National Space Day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. This day is designed to stimulate interest in space.

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Space, also called outer space, refers to the void that exists between the Earth’s upper atmosphere and other celestial bodies such as planets in the known and unknown universe. While the term space might make it seem like the vast expanse of the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere is empty, it is in fact, not empty at all. Space is full of different forms of radiation and lots of debris from the formation of our solar system. Some of this debris is in the form of meteors, comets, and asteroids.

So, on this Space Day, be sure to let your imaginations soar, and tap into your own space curiosity.

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Space Camp

While you’re at it, tap into your inner-astronaut and learn more about Space with this week’s at-home experiment, Space Case. See the stars twinkle and the universe expand with simple materials and our easy-to-follow lesson plan.

Space Case: https://sciencemadefun.net/downloads/Space%20Case_EOTD_May%208th.pdf

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