Solar System

Outer Space

For Kids and Young Adults

According to NASA there are many planetary systems like ours in the universe, with planets orbiting a host star. Our planetary system is named the "solar" system because our Sun is named Sol, after the Latin word for Sun, "solis," and anything related to the Sun we call "solar."

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  • Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his brother and how it guides his connection to Country. Hippy-Boy learns how his great-grandfather uses the phases of the moon when he goes hunting and fishing, and why it is important for us all to have an understanding of the natural world. Brother Moon is a powerful story available on Story Box Library. It is written by Maree McCarthy Yoelu, illustrated by Samantha Fry and read by Tony Briggs.
  • Moonwalkers is a story of joy, imagination and adventure available on Story Box Library, from the brilliant minds of author Mark Greenwood and illustrator Terry Denton. Read by Lucas Taylor at the Melbourne Observatory, Moonwalkers allows viewers to get lost in space, as if looking through their very own telescope. Encourage your children to dream astronaut dreams and celebrate Australia's role in the moon landing of 1969.


For the Adults:

  • Old Venus is an anthology of sixteen short stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award-winning editor Gardner Dozois. This eBook available on Overdrive or the Libby app turns back the clock to that more innocent time, before the hard-won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination. 
  • The other planets and moons in our solar system will be a harsh unforgiving place for humans exploring them. Andy Weir’s book The Martian is a gripping fictional international bestseller about an astronaut stranded on the surface of Mars struggling to survive. The eBook is available on IndyReads 
  • Beginning with rocket genius Wernher von Braun's vision for voyaging to Mars, and closing with Elon Musk's contemporary plan to get there, space historian John Logsdon traces the greatest moments in human spaceflight by weaving together essential, fascinating documents from NASA's history. The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight is available on Indyreads. 
  • World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, accessible detail how humanity might gradually develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. With his trademark storytelling verve, Kaku shows us how science fiction is becoming reality eg: mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology could enable us to build habitable cities on Mars. The Audiobook of Future of Humanity, The Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond read by Feodor Chin is available on Indyreads 
  • Who were the men and women of Project Apollo? Where are they today? What do they think of the extraordinary effort they helped make possible? Half a century later, the Apollo Space Program remains the single greatest initiative in peacetime the world has ever known. Its story speaks to the most beautiful characteristics of our humanity: a metaphor for our ability to rise to challenges once thought insurmountable and push past them with even bigger and bolder solutions. The 2019 documentary When We Were Apollo speaks to the remarkable individuals who made it possible. 
  • Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In the Shadow of the Moon brings together for the first, and very possibly the last, time surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission which flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words. This out of this world documentary is available on Beamafilm.  
  • Scientists and engineers dream of a manned mission to Mars - it’s a place where life is possible. The race is on to get there: nine months out and nine months back. Race to the Red Planet, a British documentary available on Beamafilm is the story of mankind’s preparation to colonise the red planet.