Wednesday, February 2, 2011

image Jan29_PlanetariumLast Saturday I took Anna and my parents to the local Planetarium. We saw a digital production geared towards K-2 age called “The Little Star That Could”. It was a bit too dramatic in the beginning where the little star (the Sun, of course) was visiting other stars in search of planets, and everyone was rather mean to him telling him that he is a very ordinary star and can’t possibly have any planets. As a matter of fact, about 10 minutes into the show Anna was burying her face in my chest and loudly imploring me to leave now because she is scared. She cheered up, however, when the Sun discovered his own planets and enjoyed the tour of our own local night sky where the host pointed out major stars and constellations. She gave her papa the following summary in the phone conversation:

Planetarium was not too much fun. I wanted to see stuff from outer space, but it was just a movie, and it was scary. Everyone was mean to the new star. But I learned that red stars are the coolest, and the white blue stars are very-very hot. And did you know??? There is another planet in the Solar system! A dwarf planet like Pluto. It’s Ceres, and it’s right after Mars and before Jupiter.

Jan31_Shuttle What Anna was sorely hoping to see was Enterprise. No, not Star Trek Enterprise, but the shuttle Enterprise. She learned from The Big Space Shuttle that Enterprise is now in the museum and thought for some reason that she is going to see it. 

Her thirst for all things space made me think whether we will have manned flights at the time when she is a grown-up. The very first comment on CNN article about 25th anniversary of Challenger tragedy read, We don’t belong up there. Let those rocket scientists tackle real problems – like poverty. What do you think? Would we be all better off if all those space millions were spent here on Earth?

I am linking this post to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

11 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I have a nephew who works for NASA, so I think I'm obligated to say, we should keep the space program going :) But, I really have mixed feelings about it.

Debbie said...

While we have discovered things we did not know about space, I for one feel the money could be better spent here at home. I have yet to see anything useful to man come out of these trips to outer space. My feelings were that way though before the Challenger tragedy.

Christy said...

Hmmmmmmmmm, I find Leah's and Debbie's comments interesting because I was going to rush to say that space exploration is important. I still think that it is important, but I would love to hear more arguments against it.

Ticia said...

I think many important discoveries have come from it. Velcro, many medicines, much of the technology we use today.

So, I think it's driven many great things, is it still helpful, I don't know.

Raising a Happy Child said...

So here is my own POV (point of view). I think that if the dream of being in space one day launches kids on their way to careers in science and technology, space dollars are well spent. Here is an interesting link on space innovation - http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html.

MaryAnne said...

I also have mixed feelings about the space program. SO much money is spent, but the innovations HAVE improved life in other ways - even saved lives, in some instances.

And that is an awesome space shuttle. I'm guessing Anna's dad made it?

Elise said...

I also wonder if the benefits outweigh the costs. Although any untapped resource (like those in outer space) may just hold the key to solving problems we have on Earth, or the resources may even be used to eradicate devastating diseases.

Savy also dislikes movies or shows if there is a scary bit in them.

Autumn said...

I, too, have mixed feelings about the space program, and this is coming from someone who wanted to be an astronaut most of my school years. It is *incredibly* expensive, and I don't believe the benefits gained from the space program are worth the cost. Then again, lots of our problems here on earth can't really be solved with more money.

The girl who painted trees said...

I'm impressed with what she shared with her papa on the phone. Bear freezes up on the phone and hardly ever talks.

Joyful Learner said...

There's a lot of waste in general. I would support it if the money was used wisely.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Oh, my feelings on space exploration are very, very mixed. I think it has it's good points, but yes, I do think some of the money could be better spent in other areas by far. I'm not against it, but I think gov't overspends in many areas and then under-spends in others, so that's my "soapbox"