This morning, Ity randomly asked, “Mama, is the moon hot? Well, that led us to all kinds of moon research and discussion! We watched the moon landing, saw the terrain of the moon, and talked about the atmosphere, which helped answer her question. Snug said she wanted to be an astronaut and to explore the moon! I told her that by the time she is old enough to be an astronaut they may be exploring Mars. She was ecstatic about that!
But Ity said she wasn’t interested in going into space. She was concerned about dying up there. I said that is always a possibility but advancements are always being made to make it safer. Then I told them about the Challenger disaster and we watched the footage from 1986. I showed them the crew and told them about how sad the experience was and how it set the space program, especially civilian opportunities for involvement, back because of the heartbreaking incident, where Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian in space died.
Snug was eager to understand how it happened so we researched and learned that it was a booster that failed and caused the explosion. Ity asked how a booster chair could explode? An excellent question which led us to talking about what booster means. We found pictures and videos of rocket boosters on space shuttles and discussed what happened when the Challenger booster exploded.
They have moved on to building Lego creations and I am down the rabbit hole of the Challenger story, looking up old articles and footage. Such is the life of self directed learning and unschooling. It’s been a productive morning!