Nasa has announced the launch of a solar system-themed toy and science project.
The toy, which is named Solar System Toy, was designed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to be released in time for the International Astronautical Congress (CIC) in 2019.
It will be available in 20 countries worldwide.
Its main attraction is the solar system’s earliest days and a selection of scientific experiments that will allow children to understand the origins of the solar systems and explore their scientific significance.
The toys will be shown at the CIC, where scientists will talk about the history of the cosmos and explore how we got here.
The project, called Solar System Toys, is being designed by JPL’s Jim Bell, a senior research scientist at JPL who also heads the mission control division.JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where Bell is based.
It is based at the Jet Propulsing Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
In a statement released by JPS, the Jet Prsolution team said:”We’ve worked hard to make sure that the Solar System toys, which we hope will be of interest to kids, will not only delight them but also inspire them to pursue their passion for science and exploration.”
The toy will feature the first-ever fully articulated solar system, with its first solar eclipse on a large scale and the solar activity levels of Earth.
The solar system has been depicted in several films, television shows and books, but until now it has not been in a form that children could understand.
The science toys will also include a set of miniature solar system objects including solar sails, spacecraft and instruments.
The space agency said that the toys were designed to teach children about the origins and evolution of the universe.
It said: “With a range of instruments and scenes, these toys will allow kids to understand some of the most complex features of the sun, including the formation of the planets, stars and planets around other stars, the formation and evolution to our own solar system and the early evolution of life on Earth.”
It added: “This is the first time a fully articulated version of the Solar Systems has been made available for children to explore.
The toys will give children a unique opportunity to explore these important themes.”‘
A very cool project’JPL said that it was the first such toy made in the solar science field, and that it would be used at the next International Astronomical Congress (IAC).
“We are excited to bring these toys to the IAC, where the IAS will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station,” said JPL scientist Pauline Pfeiffer.
“This is a very cool and exciting project and will bring much-needed excitement to IAS members, the scientific community and the scientific world,” she added.
“The toys are a perfect way to engage children, introduce them to science and inspire them.”
The IAS is a meeting of the world’s leading astronomical and cosmological research organisations.
The CIC is the main gathering of science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals and their families.