Some inspirational space facts for kids include those that focus on the planets, moon and galaxy. For example, the moon, also called luna, is the only natural satellite for planet Earth. It was formed 4.6 billion years ago, which was up to 50 million years after the solar system was formed.
When the moon and Earth rotate, the same side of the moon always faces Earth. This is known as synchronous rotation. The first mission to the moon was in 1959, but man did not step on the moon until Apollo 11 in 1969.
Some other interesting space facts are about the Milky Way, which is the galaxy where the solar system exists. Some of the first stars that formed in globular clusters in the Milky Way still exist. Over time, the Milky Way has merged with other galaxies, and it is currently acquiring stars from the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal galaxy.
Another interesting thing for kids to learn about is a comet. Comets have a nucleus made of ice and can range from small boulders to being a few kilometers in size. Comets start experiencing heat when they get closer to the sun. Meteor showers occur when material streams from the comets populate the orbit and the Earth moves through the stream.