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Day 1: Our View from Earth
"Welcome class to a side of space you've never seen before. We are here on a field trip to learn and explore the unknowns of space. No alien has ever been this far from our home planet.
Since the 1500's humans have used telescopes to discover the mysteries of space. Humans have come a long way.
Oh great our tour guide has arrived. Let me introduce you to him. His name is Dr. Leo Smith. He has lots of information for us so you can understand more about space. The alien accompanying him is his friendly sidekick. You may call him Newton. Children, will you please introduce yourselves to our guests starting with Cosmos."
"Hi, my name is Cosmos. I'm the oldest boy in my class. I'm 13 years old.
I'm a huge star ball fan. My favorite team is the Flying Comets."
"Hey, my name is Ekleipisi. I am 12 years old.
I'm on the astroidball team, the Spiraling Black Holes. I like to read the writings of Galileo and Copernicus."
"Hi, my name is Luna. I'm 10 years old.
I love to swing on the stars. I like to hang out at the Moon Mall. My favorite place to eat is the Pizza Planet."
"Hey, my name is Io. I'm the youngest (and always last) in the class. I'm 9 years old. I love to surf on killer asteroids and party on Pluto. If I ever see a geyser I would like to glide on one. My favorite food is extra solar seaweed and onions."
"Now I'll introduce myself. I'm Mrs. Funnel. I'm excited to begin our tour. Children, please keep all hands and feet in the school shuttle at all times. Mr. Smith?"
Thank you Mrs. Funnel for inviting me to be your tour guide through our solar system. Kids, I hope you have lots of questions along the way that I can answer from all the knowledge humans have collected.
I am a NASA scientist. My job is collecting information to help human knowledge about the universe grow.
I met my sidekick, Newton, while taking a spacewalk on the Moon. He wanted to come back to Earth with me to learn more about humans and to teach us more about the universe outside our solar system.
We have 8 days to explore the wonders of the universe. We've scheduled our tour so we start here on Earth and move toward the outer edges of the universe. Let's look at our schedule:
For thousands of years, the Moon was a mystery to humans. It wasn't until Apollo 11 landed on the Moon that we learned the truth about Earth's only satellite. There are many other space objects in our solar system including 8 other planets, many moons, comets, meteors, and asteroids all orbiting our Sun. At the end of Day 1, we'll pick groups to compete in the Our View from Earth Game Show.
A scientist and mathematician named Sir Isaac Newton came up with an explanation of why humans are bound to the Earth, why planets orbit our Sun, and why moons orbit the planets. He came up with three laws to explain why things the go up must come down and helped explain how a rocket can fly.
Without telescopes, humans were limited in our knowledge of space. Telescopes allowed us to understand more about our solar system and other objects in space. We can even begin to learn about the universe far from our solar system.
Since the beginning of time, humans have wanted to be able to soar into space. Our technology has greatly influenced our culture and allowed us to travel away from our home world. Early scientists used basic tools to chart the planets and the stars that humans will one day visit and explore.
Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with the night sky. Rockets have allowed humans to explore that sky and photograph and explore things beyond our wildest dreams.
Now technology allows humans to journey into space. New spacecrafts being built today will allow us to travel farther and farther into the cosmos.
One thing that fascinates astronomers today are the many mysteries that we've still not solved. We are still discovering new planets outside our solar system where human life may be possible. We wonder how black holes develop and what they could reveal to us.
At the end of our tour, you'll have a chance to test your space knowledge you've learned throughout the week. Four different challenges await you to show you how much fun space can be.
Newton and I are sure you'll learn a lot on our tour, and we bet you'll have a great time, too!