Today is the third day of the third month, and there are 303 days left of the year. Whether all those threes are of any significance at all, I've no idea. They say that things come in threes, and that certainly seems to be true when it comes to the number three.
However, if we take the number three and square it, (which for those whose maths lessons are a dim and distant past means multiplying 3 x 3) we get the number 9, which is of relevance because today it is exactly 43 years since Apollo 9 launched.
Apollo 9 was the third manned mission within the Apollo space program, and it was a significant step in space exploration, with the three men spending 10 days in orbit, carrying out a range of exercises including spacewalks and the docking of two manned spacecraft. This all paved the way for the eventual landing on the moon. Astonishingly despite all the advances in science, technology, computing and rocket science it is now 40 years since anybody stepped foot on the moon. Whether anyone will do so in the next 40 years is very uncertain, but one thing is certain, and that is that in spite of the lack of moon landings and manned space exploration, many children still are fascinated by what might be out there, and space themed parties are as popular as ever.