Space Week Wrap up
Space Week is over for another year but I think I enjoyed this one more than others. The children really got into the spirit of things. To wrap up the week we would like to share our final video project. This is being entered into a Science festival on behalf of the school. (Disclaimer-No child was made stand under a rocket during the making of this video). :)
International Space Station
I've been promising the kids I would try this during the week. I finally got some clear skies tonight and managed to get a picture of the Space Station passing overhead. It's the long streak you see in the middle of the picture. I've also put up the picture I got of the Moon last week. A lovely way to finish up Space Week. Thank you to all the children for allowing me to share my enthusiasm for all things space and for getting so involved during the week.
Rockets of the Future
Have you ever imagined what space travel will look like in the future. Wonder no more. The children of 4th Class A have designed and built models of the rockets of the future. Check out our Art page for more pics.
This week we are celebrating Space Week and we have lots of activities planned. We will be making rockets to launch during the week as well as designing and making our own rockets of the future. We also hope to email the European Space Agency and even have a look on board the International Space Station. This week the Rosetta mission to Comet P67 finished and we will also be looking at what scientists have learned from the mission.
European Space Agency
This site has lots of information about space. There is even a handy homework section to help you with your projects this week.
The International Space Station
The International Space Station is the biggest object ever flown in space. It travels around the Earth at an average speed of 27,700 km per hour, completing 16 orbits per day. At night it can easily be seen from Earth, as it flies 320 kilometres above us. 16 countries, including the USA, Russia, Japan, Canada and many ESA member states worked together to build the Station.
The largest part of the ISS is a central truss to which 16 huge solar panels are attached. The modules where the astronauts live and work are attached to the centre of the truss. Europe’s biggest ISS project is the Columbus science laboratory, where astronauts can carry out scientific experiments in weightless conditions. Many different types of experiments can take place both inside and outside this space laboratory.
ESA also makes the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), a series of uncrewed spacecraft designed to take supplies to the ISS. The cargo craft delivers food, fuel, equipment and other supplies.
The International Space Station will be visible over Cork this week. Have a look at the image to the right for the times and the parts of the sky you will need to watch. It will look like a fast moving star in the sky and takes only a few minutes to pass before it is out of sight. Have fun searching for it (if it's not past your bedtime) and make sure to let us know if you see it.
Saturn V Rocket
The Saturn V Rocket was huge. This is the highest building in Cork, The Elysian standing next to a Saturn V Rocket. The Rocket was 111 metres tall. The Elysian is 68 metres tall.