Last 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.
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.