Our Solar System

13 06 2012

There used to be 9 planets and more than 170 moons in our solar system.

The 9 planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

But in August 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to re-classify Pluto as a “dwarf planet”, and not in the same category as the 8 planets.

So now there are 8 planets in the solar system.

Each planet goes around the Sun on its own path called orbit.

Anyway we cannot see the paths because they are invisible.

Earth takes about 365 days to orbit the Sun.

This is called one Earth year.

And each moons moves around its planet in its own orbit.

The size of the planet from the smallest to the biggest:

  1. Mercury

  2. Mars

  3. Venus

  4. Earth

  5. Neptune

  6. Uranus

  7. Saturn

  8. Jupiter

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first person who went to space.

People travel to space in a spacecraft or spaceship.

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Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin

12 04 2010

Today Russia celebrates the day the first man who went to space.

On 12th April 1961 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first man who went to space.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on 9th March 1934.

He was born in Klushino, Russia.

The name of his space ship is Vostok 1.

In Russia the person who went to space is called a cosmonaut.


He was a great man.

He died on 27th March 1968 in a plane crash.

Russian must be very proud of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin.









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