Voyage to the Moon


An artist's drawing of the Apollo shuttle orbiting the moon and seeing Earth rise over the horizon.

Observe the Moon Journal - Activity Worksheet PDF
Discover the phases of the moon and draw your observations. Predict what phase the moon will be in the future.  Check out a guide to taking pictures of the moon!

Moon Phases Calendar - Activity PDF (Color) - Activity PDF (Black and White) - Instructions
Once you have a moon journal, make a moon calendar to predict what the moon will look like any day of the year. To learn more about the moon, explore https://moon.nasa.gov/. LRO also developed a couple content training powerpoints for download here.

Craters - Activity Outline PDF
Impact craters are formed when an object like a meteor collides with the surface of a moon or other body in space. Drop objects into a bin of sand from different heights and measuring the differences between the craters you create. This similar NASA activity from JPL has a math extension into geometry for older students.

Survival on the Moon - Activity PDF
Imagine being stranded on the moon and deciding what materials to take with you as you trek across the surface until you can be picked up. Rank items and think about why certain items would be more helpful than others. This short reflection activity can be done in groups or alone.

Survival: Then and Now - Activity PDF
Humans have been exploring as far as history is recorded and some of the challenges that face our explorers in space today are similar to the ones faced by early European colonists in the Americas. Rank items in order of importance and learn there are no right answers. Two experts share their opinions and they don't necessarily agree. This activity is similar to the one directly above, but goes further in depth and provides more room for reflection and response.

Lunar Eclipse - Activity Outline PDF
This activity is adapted from the NISEnet's Solar Eclipse activity You simply change the position of the sun and earth so that the earth casts a shadow on the moon. If you would like to learn more, check out this short NASA video explaining lunar eclipses.

Objects in Motion - Activity Outline PDF
Use "orbiting" clay balls to make simple, functioning models of interacting objects in space. Model the Earth and the moon or pair this activity with the Looking for New Planets suite of activities. Here is a recipe to make playdough from common kitchen ingredients.

Moon Spectroscopy Downloads
The Moon in a New Light poster
Exploration of the Moon timeline
What is Electromagnetic Radiation? info sheet
Looking at Rocks from Afar info sheet
Spectrometers in Action info sheet
Meet a Planetary Scientist info sheet
Seeing the Invisible activity

A detailed view of the full moon.


 

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