The human race has developed remarkably in the space industry. We have come a long way from the first steps on the moon to the construction of an International Space Station (ISS). To celebrate it, National Space Day is the first Friday in May. The day celebrates all the achievements made during the years in the field of space exploration. It is also the inspiration to young people to explore science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM).
National Space Day : History and importance
The Lockheed Martin Corporation founded the National Space Day in 1997 to encourage young people to join the aerospace industry. In 2001, the former astronaut and senator John Glenn, who has become famous over time, tried to develop this into worldwide observance by creating the International Space Day. Date, story and significance of National Astronaut Day 2021: Know the day that commemorates Alan Shepard’s first American human spaceflight
How is National Space Day 2021 celebrated?
National Space Day 2021 can be celebrated by trying to learn about space and astronomy. Schools, colleges and organisations also plan events to expand your knowledge, including lectures, seminars and exhibitions.
You can also attend a seminar on space and astronomy in the new coronavirus pandemic. You can also pick up your telescope and explore the endless sky in the evening.
Let’s look at some interesting space facts: (Courtesy — NASA, the National University of Arizona, Britannica and The Planets.org)
In space, it’s totally silent. Since there is no atmosphere, no travelling or hearing medium is available. Astronauts use radios to communicate in space.
There could be a diamond planet. A study by the Yale University found that diamonds and graphites were produced on the surface of the planet known as 55 Cancri e.
The planet is only 40 light-years from here.
Our Milky Way is on a collision course and the neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy forms one massive galaxy.
Experts estimate that in 3.75 billion years this would happen.
A paragraph is an astronomical unit of length; one paragraph is approximately 19 trillion miles. Most galaxies are from 1,000 to 10,000 parsecs in diameter.
Mercury is said to be our solar system’s fastest planet. Traveling an average of 107,000 miles per hour takes only 88 Earth days a year on Mercury.
The sun is 99.86% of the mass of our solar system. Approximately a million Earths can fit in. By comparison, approximately 1,300 Earths could fit into Jupiter.
The galaxy has about 100 to 400 billion stars, and there are three trillion trees on Earth. Earth is more trees than the number of stars on the Milky Way. Ntional Space Day
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