Soar Together @ Air and Space: Apollo 15
Soar Together @ Air and Space is a monthly family program from the National Air and Space Museum. Through live events and interactive activities you can do anytime, your family will explore a different air and space topic every month.
This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon! Find out what made this mission stand out from the other Apollo missions, and experience what it takes to join a team of lunar explorers, through videos, activities, and games:
- Apollo 15 Interactive Timeline
- Driving on the Moon
- Lunar Explorer Science and Art Activities
- Video About the Women of Apollo
Many remember Apollo 11 as an important mission for lunar firsts, but the Apollo 15 mission also had many important firsts that paved the way for future missions and beyond.
Explore some key highlights of the Apollo 15 mission through this interactive timeline.
The Apollo 15 mission was all about rocks and rovers!
We have a Lunar Rover Vehicle test model at the Museum. Visit our Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar with maker and Savage Builds host Adam Savage and get an up close look at a Lunar Roving Vehicle test model. (LRV section starts at 5:24)
Watch below or on YouTube.
Apollo 15 was the first mission where astronauts focused on doing science experiments and collecting rock samples.
The Apollo 15 team trained many hours to learn how to identify moon rocks, practice observing landscapes and using special collecting tools. Rock scientists called geologists made a plan for where the astronauts would collect rocks, and made a list of what rocks they wanted them to collect.
Now it’s your turn! Learn how to be a team of Lunar Explorers by doing fun science and art activities:
- Moon Mission Training: Create your own lunar landscape and practice collecting rocks like astronauts do (for families with kids ages 4 - 8)
- Learn about lunar geology and do activities like identifying rocks, making craters, and making your own moon dust (for all ages)
- Surviving on the Moon: Explore what is needed to be prepared for emergencies, and apply this thinking to make a list of survival equipment for moon exploration (for families with kids ages 8 and up)
Women of Apollo
Although no women traveled to the Moon as part of the Apollo program (though at least one woman will be traveling to the Moon as part of the first Artemis mission) there were a small number of women involved in the Apollo program, including engineers, mathematicians, and doctors. Hear from three women who worked on Apollo missions to learn about how they got involved in the program, their inspiration, and obstacles they faced.
Want to hear more from these inspiring women? See the full Women of Apollo lecture, part of the John H. Glenn Lectures in Space History series.
Past Timed Activities
At-Home Family Challenge on GooseChase App
Friday, July 9, 1 to 2:30 pm ET
Saturday, July 10, 1 to 2:30 pm ET
Join our monthly At-Home Family Challenge using the app GooseChase. These challenges are like a virtual scavenger hunt with fun missions, activities and photo challenges for you and your friends and family to do together. Earn points with every activity you complete!
This month’s challenge is all about Apollo 15 and exploring the Moon.
The same game will be run on two different days. Join us on either of the following dates:
- Friday, July 9, from 1 to 2:30 pm ET; Game Code: J5WJZ4
- Saturday, July 10, from 1 to 2:30 pm ET; Game Code: 7ZDWKX
Participants can join the game by following these simple steps below. We encourage you to sign up early and start your game with some ‘bonus’ points.
- Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
- Choose to play as a guest or register for a personal account with a username and password of your choice.
- Search for and select the Apollo 15 game using the game codes above.
- Follow the prompts to select or create your team.
- Let the fun begin!
Shared Storytime on Zoom
July 9 at 2:30 pm
Tune in live on Zoom (passcode 712888) for a virtual story time featuring the book Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon by Oliver J. Corwin and a performance of space songs by Dr. Jim Thorne. Learn about the lunar rovers astronauts drove on the Moon and learn how to make your own paper and tape model of the Moon.
Soar Together @ Air and Space is made possible by the generous support of Northrop Grumman.