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Educator Guides:

Exploring the Moon

The activities in this guide promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Earth and space science subjects include lunar geology and regolith, distance to the Moon, Apollo landing sites and life support systems.

Cratering the Moon NASA Quest Challenge

The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will travel aboard the same launch vehicle as the LRO. In early 2009, LCROSS will aim the spent Centaur upper stage of the launch vehicle at the permanently dark floor of one of the Moon's polar craters to test the theory that ancient ice lies buried there. Students will design and build a launching device that will cause a projectile to excavate subsurface layers of lunar soil.

Moon Math: Craters! Supplemental Guide

This supplemental guide suggests activities for connecting standards-based geometry concepts (area, volume, and proportion of two- and three-dimensional objects) to an actual NASA lunar mission.

Field Trip to the Moon

Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA's astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon.

Lunar Nautics

The Lunar Nautics Educator Guide has 40 activities. Students assume roles of workers at Lunar Nautics Space Systems, Inc., a fictional aerospace company specializing in mission management, lunar habitat and exploration design, and scientific research.

Lunar Odyssey

Power Point slides that compare the basic size, scale and orbital characteristics of the Earth and Moon.

Lunar Plant Growth Chamber(High School)

Design is a creative problem-solving process. In this unit, students will design and build a lunar plant growth chamber using the engineering design process.

Moon Munchies (Elementary)

The design of this course is a creative problem-solving process. Students will design and build a lunar plant growth chamber using the engineering design process.

Packing Up for the Moon

Design is a creative problem-solving process. In this unit, students will design and build a lunar plant growth chamber using the engineering design process.

Lunar Plant Growth Chamber(High School)

Design is a creative problem-solving process. In this unit, students will design and build a lunar plant growth chamber using the engineering design process.

Planetary Geology

This educator's guide features exercises grouped into five units:
1) introduction to geologic processes,
2) impact cratering activities,
3) planetary atmosphere,
4) planetary surfaces, and
5) geologic mapping.

Rockets

The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide for grades K-12 emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science.