Apollo to the Moon
(Available Thursdays afternoons only)
Audience: Grades 8+
Topics: Science, Social Studies, History
Based on the Milestones of Flight exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, this 45-minute lesson features two-way interactive discussion between students and Museum docents (volunteer tour guides). The docents describe major achievements that enabled travel to the Moon, and identify obstacles and problems encountered in placing a person on the lunar surface and returning safely back to Earth. The use of space artifacts, photos, NASA images, and thought-provoking questions for the students enhance the experience. The lesson concludes by asking students to consider problems associated with returning to the Moon and eventually going to Mars. Relevant classroom activities for use prior to the program are available below. A pre-lesson videoconference with the teacher is a participation requirement.
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