Journey Through Space

An interactive tour through the Solar System...and beyond! You'll see stunning pictures and learn what it's like on other planets, so that way you can feel like you're really there!


1. Introduction

Welcome aboard! Countdown fro our incredible journey will soon begin. We're going to leave our planet and travel to extraordinary places, from the beautiful and sometimes mysterious planets of our Solar System to distant Nebulas and our neighboring galaxy.

Space is deadly. We will only survive because of our space suits. Many astronaut spaceships have died trying to take off. One of the worst was in 1986. A spaceship named Challenger exploded only 1.5 minutes after leaving. All 7 astronauts on board died. One was a schoolteacher. Don't worry--we're in die-proof suits, in a die-proof spaceship. First we'll explore the inner planets: Mercury, Venus, our homeworld Earth, and Mars. All four planets are small and rocky. Next we'll visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, which are all gas giants. What about the tiny, mysterious Pluto? It fits into neither group.

Space probes have visited Mars, taken pictures, and carried out experiments. There are now plans for a robotic ship to visit the planet and return to Earth with samples of soil and rock. People could visit Mars--in 2020--if there's enough money for the trip. Space bases might be built there too in about 2050. They also might have hotels being built in space.

Let's learn with some pictures of space below. There's a taste to your book!


A planet is an enormous ball of rock or gas which travels around the Sun. A group of planets moving around any star is called a Solar System. We live in one.


Comets are dirty balls of ice which fly around in space. Sometimes they crash into other planets.


Galaxies are huge groups of stars. Our Sun and its Solar System are in a galaxy called the Milky Way. Scientists think there are billions of galaxies in space.


But there's no need to wait until you're old enough to train all those years! Why? Because you'll get to be more than an astronaut because astronauts can only visit the moon. We'll visit all 9 planets--Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even Pluto! You can:

1. Learn all the fact files for each planet.

2. Learn how Saturn got its rings.

3. Find out which moon in the Solar System actually supports life.

4. And so much more!

You won't need all those years of training to become an astronaut for this trip around the universe. All you need to bring is your curiosity, your sense of adventure, and of course, your imagination!

We will begin by visiting the Sun. Things could get a little hot. 5...4...3...2...1...BLAST OFF!!!

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