Having blogged recently about some great space resources, I thought it worth noting here that next week is a special week for the theme of space (pity it’s in the school holidays here in NZ)
Declared by the UN General Assembly in 1999, World Space Week (4 – 10 October) marks the anniversary of two great milestones of humanity’s expansion into space:
The first human made Earth satellite, SPUTNIK 1, was launched on 4 October 1957 and, thus, opened the way for space exploration.
10 October 1967 marks the date of the entry into force of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful uses of Outer Space. (according to this site, New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign back in 1967!)
edna has compiled a collection of quality resources related to the teaching of space, planets and the solar system. The theme page is available at: