Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination One? (Day 5)

Hey Space Bloggers!

Guess what. Remember that Nasa person who Skyped us on Day 3? The one who sent that spaceship from Earth out here.  Well, she just announced that they were taking pictures of Destination One right now and were going to release the first ones soon. Maybe even today! She promised to let me know when they hit the net, and naturally, I will send out an alert to all Space Bloggers as soon as she does. So check back!

Guess what else. Destination One was named after a Roman god! Some people say the Roman’s chose that god’s name because he was known for being changeable and flighty.  If so, I say the Romans got it wrong.  I mean, look at it.  Except for the odd asteroid impact, Destination One has hardly changed in over 2 billion years!

Credit: Mariner 10, NASA

How could the Romans know, anyway? They couldn’t hop on the internet and see it up close like we can. To them Destination One was just a white dot in the night sky–well actually, a white dot in the evening or early morning sky.  (You can’t see it from Earth the rest of the night.)

On the other hand, that Roman god was also known for being fast. Now that makes more sense. Destination One travels at an average speed of 106,000 mph. That’s 65,000 mph faster than Earth!

Oh wait, one more thing.  Last Friday, LambsyDivey asked if it was cheating to do a web search for Destination One.  The answer is absolutely not!  This game is all about using the internet.  Just be sure that the site you’re using is reliable – like this one.  To help you out there, I’ve just added a new page with suggested sites to go to for accurate and up-to-date information about space, called ‘Space Links‘. You can find it on the menu bar in the black box at the top of page.

And like always, newcomers are welcome to jump on board anytime. To find out how, click on ‘Space Game Rules!’ next to ‘Space Links‘ in the menu bar.

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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2 Responses to Space Game: Where in the Solar System is Destination One? (Day 5)

  1. archimedes says:

    If I can see it at night, I think it must be a planet. Because I can only see it near
    sunset or sunrise, it must be closer to the sun than the earth. That makes it either
    venus or mercury. It’s not as colorful as venus — it doesn’t look like it has an
    atmosphere. So I say it is mercury.

  2. bird of the wind says:

    I think that the destination is Mercury! The planet may not be quickly changing, but its speed certainly makes it flighty. ;)




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