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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 of science concepts, career interviews, etc. Videos available for download in multiple file formats. Some available in 3D.

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)

"Flight to the Moon"

Clark Planetarium and NASA have partnered to create a 9-minute mini-show "Flight to the Moon" about NASA's LRO and LCROSS missions 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.


Activities

NASA Wavelength

NASA Wavelength is a database of all NASA science education activities, searchable by audience, topic, and educational benchmarks. This website also features NASA science news and events, NASA science data and images, featured lists of activities, blog posts, NASA multimedia products, and more.

'Explore!'

'Explore!' is designed to engage children in space and planetary science in the library and informal learning environments. The website provides hands-on activities and supporting resources such as presentations, recommended books, and internet resources for librarians and other informal educators. Explore! has several modules covering various topics in space science, 2 of which are Moon-specific: Marvel Moon

'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.


International Observe the Moon Night

Annual Events

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)

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

NASA Wavelength

A database of all NASA science education activities, searchable by audience, topic, and educational benchmarks. This website also features NASA science news and events, NASA science data and images, featured lists of activities, blog posts, NASA multimedia products, and more.

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

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. (for grades 3 - 12)

A Private Universe Project

What do your students think? What are their ideas, and how do they come up with them? Take part in the Private Universe Teachers' Lab to practice techniques of identifying student misconceptions and moving toward conceptual change. (for grades K - 14)

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)

MoonQuest

(Activity for Grades K-8)
Many of the scientific facts we know today were not known to our ancestors. To explain everything that existed in their world, our ancestors created another world: a world of gods, goddesses and myths.

Pieces of Science: Apollo 8 Teacher's Guide

(for grades K-5) Includes activities, images and information about the Apollo missions.

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.

Utah Curriculum Resource

(for grades 3-7) Includes lessons such as " How Big Are Earth, Sun, and Moon?" "Comparing the Earth & Moon", "The Appearance of the Moon", "What is Moonlight?" " Charting the Moon" "Phases of the Moon"

The Earth's Moon

(for grades 3-5) Includes interesting activities and information about the Moon's orbit, origin, phases, and how it affects the planet Earth.

On the Moon Activity Guide

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. (for grades 3 - 12)

The Lunar Precurser Robotic Program

Explore high quality educational programs for NASA's lunar missions and science.

Multicultural Science Education: Myths, Legends, and Moon Phases

(for grades 5-8) The teacher can blend science, language arts, literature and social studies. The lesson is introduced with a short inquiry-based discussion with the students. This occurs to determine what students already know about the moon.

ASTR1010 Lab Manual

(for grades 13-14) Here is the entire Spring 2005 laboratory manual used by the ASTR 1010 classes (Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Department)


Recommended Reading

Online books from NSSDC

History of Lunar Orbiter Program



Quick Links

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