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Summer Camps at Home To infinity and beyond! Space-themed activities for star-gazers to try at home

Every day this week in the Irish Independent we’ll have great ideas for keeping your kids busy, whatever they’re into

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Every day this week in the Irish Independent we’ll have great ideas for keeping your kids busy, whatever they’re into. Stock photo

Every day this week in the Irish Independent we’ll have great ideas for keeping your kids busy, whatever they’re into. Stock photo

Every day this week in the Irish Independent we’ll have great ideas for keeping your kids busy, whatever they’re into. Stock photo

We love to tell our children to reach for the stars but, if we foster their interest in space exploration when they’re young, there’s a chance they might actually get there!

Aeronautical engineer Dr Norah Patten, on course to be Ireland’s first astronaut, honed her fascination with the night sky making model rockets from washing-up bottles. Chris Hadfield watched the moon landings at age nine and longed to fly. He started with kites, then model airplanes...then went on to orbit the Earth over 2,000 times.

“Not only could the youth of today become Ireland’s first astronauts, but they could join the ranks of existing Irish scientists building rockets, studying the stars and playing critical roles in space missions,” says Rob O’Sullivan, science communicator at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.