Space: A Tour of the Cosmos
The Foundations of Science introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in light of God’s providential care over creation.
Too often we hear messages that science is in conflict with faith, but Pope St. John Paul II wrote that faith and science “each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” Foundations seeks to spawn this flourishing in the hearts and minds of young readers, guiding them into a world that will delight their imaginations and inspire awe in the awesome power of God.
Kevin Gallagher brings his talents to the Foundations curriculum, following his immensely popular readings of TAN’s The Story of the Bible and The Story of Civilization, among countless other audio works. An exact reading of the text, Gallagher brings vitality to the text with his signature style and smooth voice. This audio work serves as a great companion to the text, bringing the natural wonders of God’s universe to life for children of all ages.
Space: A Tour of the Cosmos launches us into the distant reaches of our solar system and beyond! On this cosmic exploration, children will visit and become familiar with each of the planets that orbit our sun, learn the fascinating history of the scientific field of astronomy, meet famous astronauts, and take witness to the wonder and mystery of what lies even beyond our own galaxy.
Did you know . . .
- Some say that astronomy was the first science because we have archeological evidence of ancient cultures recording their observations of the night sky?
- Molecular clouds are also called “stellar nurseries” because these regions of space are where new stars are born?
- Due to its slow rotation and short orbit, a “day” on Mercury is longer than a “year”?
- Venus rotates on its axis in the opposite direction of most planets—so the sun rises in the west and sets in the east?
- Olympus Mons is an ancient volcano on Mars that forms the tallest mountain in our solar system at almost 15 miles high, three times larger than Mount Everest?
- There is a continuous storm raging on Jupiter, known as “the Great Red Spot”, that is larger than Earth?
- The word astronaut comes from two Greek words that translate to “star sailors”?
In addition, children will also learn about St. Joseph of Cupertino, the patron saint of astronauts, meet Catholic astronomers, including some on the path to sainthood, read about some of the most famous astronomical events from the Bible, and learn how the teachings of our Catholic faith are compatible with all modern theories and hypotheses concerning the universe.
Take a journey back to when God laid the foundation of the world with this groundbreaking science curriculum!