It is December and in one way or the other we are all preparing for the holiday season. The spirit of giving is ever present. ESPI gladly supports all of you who are still looking for a spacey present in order to give joy to the scientist, politician, philosopher, poet, astronaut, child, astronomer, romantic, lawyer, rocket engineer and cineaste in your family or circle of friends with the below list of ideas. However we want to underline that this list of examples is the result of a brainstorming and certainly does not claim to be complete.
For Space Cowboys and those who want to find their place in universe there are a number of apps available.
Planetarium/Experimentarium/Museum of Natural History Look up the calendar of your local Planetarium, Experimentarium or Museum of Natural History and book a ticket for events like picnics, sleep-over arrangements, stargaze dinners or a walk in the Milky Way. Here are a couple of examples representative of a wide range of offers:
To experiment, research and learn while playing is fun activity for big and small children. So ‘be foolish’ as recommended by Steve Jobs and get bricks for space ships and space structures or DIY solar system mobiles. For those of you who are out of paper mache, wire and paint box we can provide an exemplary shortlist of toys:
Lego City 3367 - Space Shuttle Lego Space Port 6452 Mini Rocket Launcher LEGO City Spaceport 60080 LEGO City Space Starter Set 60077 LEGO City Utility Shuttle 60078 Lego Discovery, International Space Station Bresser junior AstroPlanetarium KOSMOS 676810 Planetarium Skywatcher Teleskop N 76/300 Infinity Solar System Mobile Making Kit
Individual recommendations by our ESPI team members
Arne Lahcen, Resident Fellow Visit www.allposters.com – which has national versions for the different European countries according to their respective domain names – and search for the terms “space” or “outer space”. You will find thousands of posters related to space, going from breath-taking pictures of the universe and the solar system planets to artistic interpretations of astronauts, UFO’s and aliens.
Peter Hulsroj, Director Without a doubt the book ‘Our Mathematical Universe’ by Max Tegmark. This book will blow your mind, and will give you so many interesting things to think about, like ‘how many universes are there?’, ‘how many different kinds?’ ‘is the only true reality math?’. Go for it! Considering the topic it is relatively easy to read.