Welcome to the
1,000 Facts About Space
Blog Tour & Giveaway!
Get ready to blast off on an illuminating journey to the farthest reaches of the universe as we celebrate the release of 1,000 Facts About Space (National Geographic Kids Books, ages 8-12). This week, five blogs across the web are featuring out-of-this world facts about mysterious black holes, daring space travel, groundbreaking missions, awe-inspiring stars and one of the giants of the solar system – Uranus! Looking to up your galactic IQ? Read on!
9 High-Flying Facts About Life in Space
- In the 1960s, food was so yucky that John Young smuggled in a corn beef sandwich in his space suit.
- Circling the Earth every 90 minutes, astronauts see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets each day.
- The livable space in the International Space Station (ISS) is about equal to that of a 747 airplane. But you share that space with only two to five people.
- Spacecraft regularly fly to the ISS, bringing crews, food and supplies. Up to six spacecraft can visit at one time.
- Due to the microgravity in space, most astronauts experience puffy faces, poofy hair, and clogged sinuses. Stuffed-up sinuses make food in space taste much blander than on Earth. Astronauts have found that hot sauce helps.
- When British astronaut Tim Peake dialed a wrong number from the ISS phone, a woman on the line assumed it was a prank call.
- Russian Valery Polyakov spent 438 days aboard the Mir space station, the longest stay by any person on a single flight.
- Because the gravity on the moon is one-sixth that of Earth, the astronauts developed their own ways of walking, skipping, or hopping on the surface. They still fell down a lot.
- As of 2022, more than 250 different people, representing 19 different countries, have spent time in the ISS.
If you’d like to learn 991 MORE facts about black holes, planets, astronomers, telescopes, space travel, pioneers of space travel, space weather and so much more, check out 1,000 Facts About Space by astronomer Dean Regas.
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Did you know … that one of Saturn’s moons is so hollow it would float in water? That the largest known star is 3.69 billion times bigger than our sun? Or that Jupiter likely has diamonds floating in its clouds?
Explore dazzling facts about the vast expanse of space, from glowing stars billions of light-years away to supermassive exploding supernovas to rockets thundering into the unknown. This comprehensive book takes you on a mind-blowing tour of our unbelievable universe and is full of fascinating facts on topics such as space exploration, our solar system and galaxy, and beyond.
Expert astronomer Dean Regas ― former host of PBS’s Star Gazers and astronomer of the Cincinnati Observatory ― takes you on an incredible tour of facts about each planet in our solar system, dwarf planets, our sun and other stars, exoplanets, comets, asteroids, galaxies, space travel, and so much more. Hundreds of stunning photographs bring the facts to life.
About the Author
DEAN REGAS has been the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, author, national popularizer of astronomy, and an expert in observational astronomy.
From 2010–2019, Dean was the co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers. His books include Facts From Space!, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, and 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, Expanded Edition. Dean is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine and a contributor to Astronomy magazine, where he won the 2008 Out-of-this-World Award for astronomy education. Dean has written more than 150 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogged for the Huffington Post, and is regularly featured on television and radio. Dean is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday and Here & Now. He also hosts an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman called Looking Up.
At the Cincinnati Observatory, Dean has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages. You can find him online at https://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/dean-regas/about-dean.
For additional info on the wonders of outer space, check out the kid friendly games, articles and amazing images of our galaxy and beyond at National Geographic Kids’ Passport to Space. Educators, tap into to a wealth of resources focused on space exploration, including informative videos, articles and Kahoots at NG Education’s Resource Library.
- One (1) winner will receive a hardcover of 1,000 Facts About Space
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Blog Tour Schedule:
February 6th — From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors
February 7th — Imagination Soup
February 8th – Daddy Mojo
February 9th – YA Books Central
February 10th — Always in the Middle
Sounds absolutely fascinating. Space is incredible, although I would absolutely hate to go there, it would be amazing to see. Thanks for sharing!
What a fun book with fascinating and little-known facts. For kids who like to recite them. A lot of space books reviewed today!