Trips to Space with Telescopes from around the World Now Available at Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide|
New Offering from Edu Science Makes the Wonders of the Night Sky Accessible To All
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Mar 30, 2009 Trips to some of the most amazing places in the universe are now available exclusively at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide for only $16.99. Starting today, kids and their parents can gain virtual control of telescopes situated at some of the world’s finest observatories, thanks to a new offering from Edu Science, featuring Slooh technology.
With the purchase of a 150-minute mission card, kids can now receive online access to a worldwide network of powerful telescopes that are always pointed at the night sky. Using Slooh’s singular technology, participants can direct the telescopes, allowing them to see live views of space. Members can also capture photos, go on missions and earn badges for completing missions such as “Lunar Risings: The Phases of the Moon,” and “Starburst: The Birth, Life & Death of a Star.”
“As THE toy authority, Toys“R”Us is excited to offer our customers the unique ability to control powerful telescopes that astronomers have enjoyed for years with this new opportunity from Edu Science,” said Karen Dodge, Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “With technology from Slooh, kids can now enjoy affordable, high-quality space exploration. The sky is, literally, the limit.”
The Slooh activity book and 150-minute mission card are available exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide. Paired with the dedicated Web site at Slooh.com, kids can engage in missions that suit various experience levels, from novice to the most advanced hobbyist astronomers. For novices, Otto, the Night Watchdog for the Milky Way Galaxy leads members through entertaining and educational live missions to the best and brightest objects in the night sky.
“Slooh’s mission is to revolutionize the exploration of space for families,” says Michael Paolucci, Founder of Slooh. “Slooh is easy to use, requiring no advanced knowledge or setup, affordable and powerful enough for our most avid members to make scientific discoveries.”
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In December 2003, Slooh launched the first space camera available to the public. Slooh has served more than 300,000 missions to members from 70 countries who have taken more than 1.1 million photographs to date. Slooh’s patented instant imaging technology makes celestial objects appear like Polaroids over the course of five minute missions. Slooh pictures have resulted in community-wide participation in several discoveries, including co-authorship with leading universities, including Cal Tech, of research regarding a recent supernova discovery.