Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination Two? (day 1)

Hey Space Bloggers!

I’m so embarrassed! Day 1 is supposed to be picture day, but I can’t find a decent photo of Destination Two anywhere! Turns out, no Earth ship has ever gotten close enough to–Wait a minute, there’s a transmission coming in…What’s that?..Say again?…Really? Roger that, Houston!

Good news, Space Bloggers! NASA says–Hold on, there’s more…Huh?…Say what?…You’re sure about that?…Okay, then. Thanks, I guess.

Well, Space Bloggers, there’s some good news and some bad news. What do you want to hear first? Sure, listen up.  There’s an Earth ship heading to Destination Two right now, complete with plenty of fancy cameras and equipment to give us a great tour. Which is awesome!  I mean, think about it. That will make us (you, me and whoever else is tuning in) the very first earthlings in the whole history of our planet to see Destination Two close up. Wow. Excuse me–I gotta sit down. It’s making me dizzy just thinking about it…

Sorry about that. Just needed to take a breath. Won’t happen again. Anyway, I suppose you want to know the bad news. Okay. You see this Earth ship, lets call her NH (you’ll know why later), left Earth in 2006. So she’s well on her way. And she’s hurtling through space at a pretty fast clip, covering nearly a million miles a day! So she’s giving it her all. But, um, the problem seems to be related to the size of the solar system. It’s BIG! So big that NH won’t get to Destination Two until 2015.

Now you’re probably wondering where that leaves us. I mean, we can’t just hang out here waiting in cyberspace for the next four years. And we won’t! I promised you a picture and a picture you shall have! It’s not Destination Two (check back in 2015 for that), but how would you like to see NH? Hold on to your keyboards… Here she is!

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

Coming tomorrow…the traditional ‘day 2′ clue, a limerick/riddle!

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About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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6 Responses to Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination Two? (day 1)

  1. Aidoboy says:

    NASA mission Dawn is visiting asteroids Vesta and Ceres. I’m guessing that the sPace game planet is Vesta, because Ceres is an asteroid and Vesta is a dwarf.

    • Excellent guess, Aidoboy, based on the information you have so far. I’m impressed! A lot of people don’t even know about Vesta and Ceres and the Dawn mission — which just happens to be scheduled to reach its final destination in 2015, the very year NH will reach Destination Two. Yes, very well done, indeed! But you don’t have all the information yet. Let us know what you think after you read tomorrow’s clue, the limerick/riddle!

  2. Bella Bear says:

    Wow! I’ll be 14 by the time she gets to destination 2!

    • Yes, Bella Bear, imagine that! You could be starting high school by then! Will you remember to check Space Blog or the NASA site to see those very first pictures of Destination Two?

  3. LambsyDivy says:

    NH looks tiny! I mean, what if she ran into an asteroid? But I’m guessing she has already made it past the asteroid belt.

    Let’s see, if she left in 2006 and covers a million miles a day, thats 2011-2006 = 5 years, 5 years x 365 days = 1825 year,days – oops! I need to get my units right. That’s 5 years x 365 days/ year = 1825 days. If she’s traveling a million miles/day then 1825 days x 1,000,000 miles/day = 1,825,000,000 miles, or 1.825 billion miles! But wait, you didn’t say what day she left so it’s probably not 5 full years. And you said *almost* a million miles a day, so that means this number is on the high side. But let’s see if I can guess…

    Okay I did a web search and found http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_far_are_the_planets_from_earth. Saturn is 777 million miles from Earth and Uranus is 1.69 billion miles from Earth. Since I think 1.825 billion is too high, I think NH must be somewhere around Uranus and headed further out!

    On her way to Neptune? It’s 2.7 billion miles from Earth!




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