Y5 Space Dome

Year 5 blasted off to space on Friday when Simon from the Space Odyssey visited with his Space Dome. With 360 degree images, our first mission was to visit the International Space Station so we buckled our seat belts and held on tight! Did you know that the ISS orbits the Earth 16 times a day and travels at 17,500 mph? Or that inside the scientists perform all sorts of interesting experiments? After our trip to the ISS we ventured further afield into our Solar System where we learnt about the 8 planets which orbit our sun. We also explored the relationship between Earth and our Moon, learning about why it appears to change shape in the sky when in fact half of it is always illuminated. Finally we looked beyond the Milky Way to the constellations that make up our night sky, which made us feel insignificant in the vastness of it all. We learnt so many mind boggling facts and saw so many epic images that when we returned to Earth and stepped out of the space dome we all felt like we had tasted what it would be like to explore our universe. 
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