Moon Resources for Informal Education Institutions

Lunar Eclipse Resources

A collection of videos and activities recommended by the LRO team about lunar eclipses.

A 3D model of the LRO spacecraft, with textures

LRO videos from Goddard Space Flight Center : Topics include: instrument overviews, explanations o

LRO at Scientific Visualization Studio

LRO satellite illustrations, videos, and multimedia

"Max Goes to The Moon"

The award winning children's book, "Max Goes to The Moon" (for planetariums and flat screens)

"Field Trip to the Moon"

(DVD with educator guides) : The LRO/LCROSS activities allow participants to explore lunar stratigraphy, impact craters, the moon's history, spacecraft design in which students build models of the LRO out of edible or non-edible materials, and the future of lunar exploration.


'To the Moon and Beyond'

'To the Moon and Beyond' has many hands-on activities that are LRO-specific.

'Marvel Moon'

'Marvel Moon' has many hands-on activities and a comic book that students assemble as they complete activities.

'Design Squad On The Moon'

'Design Squad On The Moon' Activity Guide is a collection of 6 lunar engineering activities appropriate for informal education environments, including educator training materials and student hand-outs.

LRO Datasets for Science On a Sphere

LROC visible imagery

A global mosaic of the Moon captured by LRO's Wide Angle Camera.

LOLA topography

High resolution global topography of the Moon from LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

LOLA surface roughness

A global mosaic of the surface roughness of the Moon, derived from data collected by LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

LOLA surface slope

A global mosaic of slopes found on the surface of the Moon, derived from data collected by LRO's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

Evolution of the Moon

A short, narrated Science On A Sphere show depicting the evolution of our Moon all the way from when it was a ball of magma orbiting the Earth, through today.

Return to The Moon

A short, narrated Science On a Sphere show touching on some of the essential scientific subjects that LRO scientists study.

Phases of the Moon

A short animation showing sunlit and shadowed portions of the Moon over the course of a month.

Annual Events

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night

An annual worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to unite and observe and learn about the Moon and its connection to planetary science, and share personal and community connections we all have to the Moon.

Additional Resources

Teacher Resources

Exploring the Moon Teacher's Guide

The following units have been extracted from the "Exploring the Moon Teacher's Guide" for seperate downloading. (for grades 4-12)
+ Unit 1: Pre-Apollo
+ Unit 2: Learning From Apollo
+ Unit 3: The Future
+ "Exploring the Moon Teacher's Guide"

Educator's Guide to Moon Phases

(for grades 3 - 12) Phases of the Moon is at the top of the list of things that students seriously misunderstand. Most teachers run into problems in trying to explain the Moon's phases to youngsters, and evidence suggests that many have a very difficult time with the concepts.

Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon

(for grades 7-14) The Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon by Bowker and Hughes (NASA SP-206) is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon.

LRO and Moon Lithographs and Posters

These double sided informational lithographs and posters can be printed to support a variety of lunar studies. (for grades K-12)

Educator's Guide to Eclipses

(for grades 3 - 12) Eclipses have long been a source of mystery and spectacle. These events were viewed with fear and dread in the past and, even today, still thrill.

On the Moon Activity Guide

(for grades 3 - 12) In this activity guide, NASA and DESIGN SQUAD team up to inspire a new generation of engineers. The guide offers six hands-on challenges that bring engineering and NASA's moon missions to life for kids at events, and in school, and afterschool programs.

Recommended Reading

Online books from NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDC)

History of Lunar Orbiter Program

Quick Links

NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDC) Moon Fact sheet

Moon Mars and Beyond

NASA logo Goddard Space Flight Center


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