Day 9 - December 8
Many different tasks are performed today. First of all, crew members and those on the Station (two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut) will open the "door" and finally be able to meet. Furthermore, the astronauts will transfer water from the Shuttle to the Station. They will also "document" the mission with photo and video cameras (one of which is a Canadian IMAX camera).
Questions / Answers
How big is the sun?
The Sun is so large that a million (M) Earths could fit inside. All the same, the Sun is considered a star of average size!
What protects us from Sun's rays?
The ozone layer protects us by absorbing a substantial proportion of the Sun's most dangerous ultraviolet rays.
What is the life expectancy of the Sun?
The Sun is a middle-aged star that will probably shine for another 5 billion (B) years.
True or false: the Sun is a Star.
True. A star is a ball of extremely hot gases. The centre of a star resembles an immense nuclear furnace in which hydrogen is converted into helium through the emission of enormous quantities of energy. The energy radiates in the form of light and heat. The planets appear to be luminous because they reflect light from the Sun.
Which planet is nearest the Sun?
The planet Mercury is closest to the Sun.
Also available: The list of all questions of the Space 2000 Project
Mission: Sun Contest
Give one of the 10 space keywords used in the Mission: Sun module.
Any of the following would be correct: star, galaxy, universe, light, atom, planet, satellite, comet, asteroid, solar system. Check out the definitions on our Website – you'll need them for your class Space Log!
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