To the stars: celebrate Internation Space Day from home!

There's a great big universe out there

Today is Internation Space Day, a celebration of the cosmosthat encourages people, especially kids, to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thankfully, there are a ton of awesome (and free) ways to celebrate and have some fun at home.

First up, Google Earth is letting people explore the International Space Station with street view. You can explore 17 different modules of the space station including the Columbus Research Laboratory, the Cupola Observation Module, and more. There is even information on the purpose of each module and which collaborating country contributed it.

Next up, you can explore Devon Island, better know as Mars on Earth. With polar-desert climate and barren, rocky terrain, it is the largest uninhabited island on the planet. Learn about the research NASA is doing here in order to better understand how to explore the real Mars in the future.

Once you’re done exploring Mars on Earth, take a trip around our solar system and learn all about the 8 planets (sorry, Pluto) and over 200 moons that inhabit it. You can learn about key features, where they get their names, how long days are, and even see their distance from the sun in real-time.

Have some burning questions about the night sky? The Ontario Science Centre is hosting a Facebook Live event with astronomers Simon Chang, Cailin Gallinger, Sara Mazrouei, and Rachel Ward-Maxwell discussing the moon, stargazing, and more. Make sure to get your questions posted and tune in at 2 PM!

Finally, the Hubble Space Telescope is exploring our universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and you can see exactly what it saw on your birthday! You also get a small blurb about what you’re looking at and the name of the system.

Related: NASA wants to show you something cool for your birthday

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