Going the Distance

Mars Diary

Activity 2.1

This exercise helps students to comprehend the scale of the solar system and the huge distances involved in travel in space. It gives students a chance to take an overview of the solar system as a whole while also learning about how orbits affect the distances between individual planets. It also introduces students to Astronomical Units (AU).


  • Maths / Numeracy
  • Primary Science / Working Scientifically

Learning Methods

  • Code and Decode
  • Problem Solve
Going the Distance

Support Materials


This video works as a stand alone teaching aid.

More Activities