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The Satellites Are Out Tonight
The Satellite is an easy wooden building puzzle with 72 pieces. It's designed for ages 7 and up. Assembled, the Satellite 3D puzzle measures 6.4" x 13.75" x 9" (16.25 x 34.9 x 22.9 cm).
3D wooden puzzles come die-cut on 3mm-thick sheets of high-grade wood, complete with sandpaper. They include a picture of the final assembled model and a numbered chart to help you out if you get stuck. Painted, varnished, or left as natural wood, historical puzzles deliver a challenging, educational and creative activity. No tools or glue are necessary, although you might want to use a bit of white glue if you're assembling your model for permanent display. Some pieces may come pre-painted. Background illustration is not included. Earth not included.
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Are You Curious...?
The first fictional mention of a satellite launch appeared in a story called The Brick Moon in 1869. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky published the scientific basics in 1903 and Arthur C Clarke imagined communications satellites in great detail in 1945. Since Sputnik 1's beep made the concept real in 1957, thousands of artificial satellites have been orbited by more than 50 nations (although only 10 countries have their own launch capability). Several hundred are operational today; thousands more have become space debris. One cannot overstate the profound changes that were wrought by weather, navigation, and telecommunications satellites, to say nothing of scientific satellites.