Robin here in our office has been playing around with a few ideas and based on what we constantly get asked for, she's put together a few very affordable astro/space packages for the young AND young at heart budding astronomer. We've been selling these successfully at our monthly market stall and decided to offer them to you as an additional cheap 'stocking filler' idea for Christmas. They are our creation, not available anywhere else.... and we reckon they're terrific!! This is our older kids, or young adult package designed for practical use and as an educational aid as you develop your astronomy hobby. A star map to show you all stars and constellations in the night sky is included along with a fabulous Aussie produced DVD titled 'The Universe' covering every aspect of astronomy and done in short segments to keep young people's attention spans intact. The pack also contains an amazing astro/space fact sheet, wall posters, solar glasses, colouring in sheet, PLUS the newly released Space Sticker sheets. Each sheet holds 20 full colour space stickers to peel off and use...you have a choice of 1/ The Solar System or 2/ The Universe. They are priced at $19.95 each (plus $3 post.)
Double-sided STAR-FINDER for the Southern Hemisphere. All you need to get the most out of observing the night sky, a star finder , which explains the best way to observe the stars and map out the patterns above you. The multitude of stars in the sky can be confusing, but this Star Finder gives you everything you need to identify the stars and constellations. Comes nicely packed in a plastic sleeve as a gift item. All bright stars are marked in yellow. On the back, for students./teachers, are features for it to be used as an 'Astrolabe' and Mini-Planetarium. Why Pay $19.95 For This Product Elsewhere?? The large star finder is simple to use: just dial in the date and time by rotating the inner blue disc (the time) until it lines up with the relevant day of the year calibrated on the outer ring. The portion of sky shown on the star-finder will show the arrangement of the stars above you. Suitable for serious sky work, it is raved about by amateur astronomers Australia wide. Suitable for latitudes 25° to 45° South. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina & Chile.) $9.95 Plus Post (Aust. wide)
Want The Sticker Sets On Their Own? No Problem. Kids Love These!! This set of Astronomy Stickers features vibrant space images and is ideal for projects, gifting or rewarding good work. Each page is A4-sized. Brilliant sharp colour images straight from the world's biggest telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope. Some people we know are decorating their telescopes with them. (us) $12.95 (Plus $2 Post) Size : 14 oz. List of ingredients : quis autem, et molestiae
Things You Weren't Told About The First Moon Landing In July 1969 two men walked on the Moon. This is the untold story of what went wrong and what we weren't told. David Reneke has unearthed dozens of amazing facts from previously classified CIA files and talks he had with Buzz Aldrin when he spent time with him at his home in California in 2008. Armstrong's first tour of service to the Apollo program came as the commander of the back-up crew of the Apollo 8 mission, though he had been originally scheduled to back-up the Apollo 9 mission. (Had he remained as the Apollo 9 back-up commander he would have been slated to Command Apollo 12, not Apollo 11.) Initially, it was planned that Buzz Aldrin, the Lunar Module Pilot would be the first to set foot on the Moon. However, it was determined that because of the positions of the astronauts in the module, it would require Aldrin to physically crawl over Armstrong to reach the hatch. As such, it was decided that it would be easier for Armstrong to exit the module first upon landing. Apollo 11 touched down on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, at which point Armstrong declared, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." A hugh sigh of relief was said to have been breathed throughout mission control, as it was thought that Armstrong had merely seconds of fuel remaining before the thrusters cut and the lander plummeted to the surface. Armstrong and Aldrin exchanged congratulations before quickly preparing the lander to launch off the surface in case of an emergency. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong made his way down the ladder from the Lunar Lander and, upon reaching the bottom declared "I'm going to step off the LEM now." As his left boot made contact with the surface he then spoke the words that defined a generation, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Interestingly, he meant to say "one small step for a man," referring to himself. Otherwise the phrase is actually contrary, since as stated man would imply mankind. Armstrong later was reported as saying that he hoped future quotations would include the "a" parenthetically. However, the phrase is still usually conveyed as he originally spoke it. About 15 minutes after exiting the module, Aldrin joined him on the surface and they set to investigating the environment on the lunar surface. All told, Armstrong and Aldrin spent 2.5 hours on the lunar surface. The astronauts then returned to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969. Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed upon civilians, as well as a host of other medals from NASA and other countries. These are just some of those amazing facts: * As we all watched Armstrong set foot on the Moon we all thought we were watching the direct transmission - but we weren't. Find out why not and what you and I actually saw! * Also amazing is the fact that there was no outside door handle on the lunar lander. What would have happened if they got locked out! * Did you know Buzz Aldrin carried out Holy Communion on himself on the Moon, that his life fell apart when he returned from the Moon, that Neil and Buzz almost died on the Moon because of a broken ignition switch? * Upon return the three astronauts were held in quarantine, just in case they came back with any strange organisms from the moon. * Was Armstrong NASA's first choice ? * The original Moon landing TV tapes are now missing...why? * By the way, in a case of bureaucracy gone mad, the astronauts had to fill out a customs declaration form after returning with their samples of moon rocks and lunar dust. True! Over 50 pages, 13 book reviews and well over 40 outstanding images included *Remember - this is an E-Book, designed to be sent to you via an email address and read on a computer screen. It is possible to print this E-Book or pages from it if you wish.