EASTER IN SPACE
This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 16, 2017. We know that kids who celebrate the holiday have Easter egg hunts on Earth but have you ever imagined how astronauts could celebrate Easter in space? Well, in the year 2013, on March 31, astronaut Chris Hadfield made a surprise of 6 plastic eggs for his crew.
A few years later, a NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly, celebrated Easter in space too.
Scott Kelly took a picture of a stuffed bunny floating in space to remember later back on Earth.
Since it would be hard for the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus, to make it to space ;), the astronauts have to make the holiday fun on their own. So this is the challenge for them!
Astronauts have celebrated many holidays in space like Christmas in 1968. After the year 2000, when astronauts started to stay in space longer, living in the space station, they started to celebrate more holidays in addition to Christmas, such as Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Valentine's day, and even St. Patrick’s Day! Also, of course, Easter!
In space, celebrating any occasion can be difficult because the astronauts have a lot of limits trying to decorate, so the astronauts need a lot of time and energy to make the area festive.
Since holidays are usually a time to spend with close family and friends, in space, your crew becomes your family.
To everyone celebrating Easter, whether on earth or in space – Happy Easter!
by Lara Ann Türeli
Reference: “Easter in space”. space.com. (WEB). 30.03.2017
Image Credit: Astronaut Scott Kelly on Twitter. 27.03.2016
THE LAST BLUE
In the solar system, Neptune is the eighth and the farthest known planet from our Sun. The name Neptune comes from the Roman sea god, Neptunus (Poseidon). Neptune is the fourth largest planet by diameter, and third in terms of mass.
Neptune is the last planet of our solar system and it is the last gas giant in our solar system as well. It is dark and cold and surrounded by supersonic winds. It basically is a ball of hydrogen and helium and other kinds of gasses. It is thirty times further from the sun than Earth and it takes about 165 Earth years to fully orbit our big shiny sun.
by Melis Alsan and Ceren Dolu
Reference: "Neptune: Overview: The Windiest Planet". NASA.(WEB). 26.02.2017
HİSAR GALAXY NEWS
During 25th of March, Hisar Galaxy News was proudly able to give a presentation at the 4th Educational Technology Conference (Kavram Meslek Yüksek Okulu) about the online sources and apps that support the making of Hisar Galaxy News products. Two of our editors, along with our advisor teacher, held a forty-minute presentation introducing the different apps that we often use to put together our projects, along with our unique teamwork; highlighting that no other school has middle school students from different grades who come together to create an online news about science and astronomy - let alone the team members being only made up of girls! This led to our thoughts and opinions on girls being more involved in STEAM activities. We were able to share our knowledge, experiences and benefits of our projects with other teachers. At end of the day we left the college with motivated minds and new ideas, along with the honour and pride of being a part of Hisar Galaxy News editorial team.
by Dalya KİNSİZER
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SPACE
1- Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon.
2- The Apollo astronauts' footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years. Since the moon doesn't have an atmosphere, there's no wind or water to erode or wash away the Apollo astronauts' marks on the moon. That means their footprints, rover tracks, spaceship prints, and discarded materials will stay preserved on the moon for a very long time.
3- Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and is the second smallest planet in the solar system.
4- If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, they will bond and be permanently stuck together. This amazing effect is called cold welding. It happens because in the void of space the atoms of the individual pieces of metal have no way of knowing that they are different pieces of metal, so the lumps join together. This wouldn't happen on earth because there is air and water separating the pieces.
5-The largest asteroid ever recorded is a mammoth piece of space rock named Ceres. The asteroid is almost 600 miles in diameter (nearly twice as big as Enceladus! - see article ‘Water Underneath’). It's by far the largest in the asteroid belt and accounts for a whole third of the belt's mass. The surface area is approximately equal to the land area of India or Argentina. It's so big, there's actually some debate over whether to refer to it as a dwarf planet instead of an asteroid, even if it has mostly asteroid-like qualities. Ceres piques our interest specifically, as water in the form of ice has been spotted on its surface.
by Serra Çelik
Reference: History NASA.gov.(web).07.02.2017