Landsat 8 launch party!

Oh I forgot to talk about our Landsat 8 launch party! I had heard something about it online when I was writing about NASA Wavelength (new digital library with space education resources for all ages – great website by the way).

So yesterday when we got home, I made a big deal about getting to watch the space rocket launch online. We watched it together and she was really into it. She was really concerned when the spacecraft separated itself from the rocket part. Go try to explain to a 2-year-old how a rocket is 95% fuel which gets used up in a couple of minutes!

Then we made balloon rockets to finish off the theme for the night! I had been saving this project on Pinterest for a while so I figured it was a good fit for the day. String, straws, tape, and balloons. We didn’t have balloons so we went to the grocery store together, the checkout lady was trying to chat us up by saying “oh, are you having a party?” and Gabby replied “no we’re making rockets!” That poor lady looked so confused. I was just waiting for someone to call child services on me thinking I was letting Gabby blow stuff up!!

The balloon rockets were a HUGE hit. We counted down before letting go of the balloons, like they did for the space rocket launch. Then she laughed so hard every single time the balloon shot off down the string. We tried different paths around the living room, and tried to synchronize two balloons on two string at once. It was so much fun! I think we’ll be doing that one again soon! Come to think of it, I didn’t think about taping a string vertically from floor to ceiling, that would have been even better!!

This morning Gabby made us watch the rocket launch video about 14 more times. It is pretty impressive! You can watch the video online here.





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