50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon. As Armstrong announced “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, 530 million viewers across the world tuned in to witness this unique moment in history. This year’s World Space Week, which starts today, celebrates the momentous achievement that took place half a century ago.
The aim of World Space Week is to celebrate, at the international level, the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. In honour of the Apollo 11 mission, the 2019 World Space Week’s theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”.
Exploration of the unknown is indicative of the human desire to further our knowledge and understanding. Space exploration has been responsible for a huge number of discoveries that have led to development in fields such as astronomy, geology, fitness, and healthcare.
A child’s time at primary school is all about discovery. While at our school, children discover a lot about themselves as well as exploring and developing their reading, writing, academic, communication, and social skills. We also encourage our pupils to be inquisitive, ask questions about topics they find interesting, and investigate unfamiliar things.
By celebrating World Space Week, we want to demonstrate that the unknown is not always something to be afraid of. In fact, there is a lot that we can discover by exploring the unknown and stepping out of our comfort zone.