Canon inspires next generation of space explorers with its space-themed craft kits for families

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, MAY 18ᵗʰ, 2021 – With a recent focus on space missions and space exploration going intergalactic, there’s a renewed interest in the solar system and astronomy. To help families learn about the solar system and inspire the next generation of space explorers, on this year's International Astronomy Day which fell on the 15th of May, Canon collaborated with TV presenter, author and world-class astronomer Mark Thompson, to share his tips connected to Canon’s Creative Park.

2021 has already showcased remarkable human achievements, such as the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars and Space X’s continued Starlink Mission. With more news set to lift off this year, interest in space exploration has spiked, with Twitter citing a 41% increase in conversation around astronomy and the starsi

Binoj Nair, B2C Marketing Director, Canon Middle East, said: “At Canon, we continue to support initiatives that promote wider exploration of knowledge in science and astronomy. In the Middle East, the successful entry of UAE Hope Probe into the Mars orbit has inspired many young Arabs in the region to set their vision on outer space. We believe that the dreams and aspirations of the young generation today are far-sighted, and they are more keen to learn more about astronomy and the outer space than ever before." 

“Exploring these out-worldly adventures by the younger generation through creative spaces can encourage them to know more about space and all its interesting mysteries, which is why it is important that we create that learning environment that is both fun and informative. Canon’s Creative Park provides parents with easy access to these creative crafts and content that the whole family can enjoy and learn from,” Binoj added. 

Canon’s Creative Park has a wide selection of 3D space-themed paper kits, wall hangings and planetary stickers to get creative with. Available to download for free and print from home, Creative Park helps families learn about space in a fun and engaging way.  

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Mark Thompson’s insightful astro tips include:  

  • Be observant and see if you can spot history:The moon can be seen from all corners of Earth, and millions watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on its surface over fifty years ago. Canon’s Creative Park Apollo Lunar Modulevii  is an iconic celebration of this historic achievement. But did you know that the site where Apollo 11 landed was called the Sea of Tranquillity? To spot the Sea of Tranquillity, familiarise yourself by finding a map of the moon, such as on NASA’s website and see if you can find it. It looks like a large grey patch on the lunar surface, but it isn’t actually a sea, it’s lava. 
  • The sky is full of moving surprises:If you look carefully, you might notice certain stars which appear to be moving faster than others. These are not stars, but satellites. A great example is the International Space Station, a giant science laboratory where astronauts and scientists live, whilst performing experiments in space. In future years, there could be space holidays to places similar to Canon’s Creative Park Space Hotelviii, but for now at least, we can transport our imagination to what that would be like.  
  • Imagine new frontiers: Our ancestors referred to planets as ‘planetes’, Latin for ‘wanderers’, on account of their strange movement among the stars.  Did you know it is possible to see five planets simultaneously in the sky, including Mars, with the naked eye? Creative Park’s Mars Dioramaixwill help you imagine what it would be like to stand on the surface of the red planet. 
  • Map your journey: Mars is undoubtedly the next space destination humans will visit. The various rovers that have been mapping the surface, like Perseverance Rover which has just arrived, are essential in making this happen as we take our next step out among the stars. Send out a rover yourself using Creative Park’s Mars Curiosity Roverx.

To start your space journey, please visit: creativepark.canon/ 
For families eager to explore Creative Park’s space selection, Canon PIXMA range  
 of inkjet printers make the perfect companion, thanks to its creative capabilities.