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Stellar Activity Modules for K-12 Classrooms
Developed by the Stellar Program at NASA Ames Research Center and Lawrence Hall of Science. Activity Modules can be selected by topic or grade level. Included are astronaut training, planetary geology and microgravity, as well as other space topics. Modules include handouts, transparency masters and lessons you can print from your web browser.

Microgravity module
A variety of lessons on gravity for different age groups.

NASA Quest Teacher Support
Link to lessons including Women of NASA, Solar System, Space Team and link to a listing of the Standards from National Science, NCTM, ITEA and ISTE.

Space Day Hands on Activities 1999
Several activites are located at this site which encourage an understanding of the basics of our solar system: how it is arranged, how it operates, and how we approach exploring it. Among these activities are : Edible Solar System; Sun/Earth/Moon Roleplay; Orbital Forces;Hubble Space Telescope; Apollo Spacecraft, Saturn V. Other activities address the Moon and the Earth/Moon system directly (Phases of the Moon; Moon Archeology; Regolith Formation; Reaping Rocks; Edible Rocks; Lunar Landforms; Make a Crater; Making a Comet in the Classroom.

Visit the Moon Phase Trek
This lesson covers how the positions of the sun, the moon, and Earth affect the phases of the moon as well as how the light from the sun reflects off the moon. (printer friendly version)

Lesson Plan titled The Tides of Change
Students use the Internet to collect information on tides and use the information to determine the period of revolution of the Moon and the Earth and the relative pull of the sun and moon on the tides. Ties to math standards are given. Grades 8-12. Printable worksheets and websites are included.

CERES Project includes MoonQuest and Birthday Moons as well as other space lessons.

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Teacher's Resource Guide

Lesson Plans and resource guides as well as links to other sites, tools, projects and simple model instructions for creating a lunar prospector.

(832K ) Lessons selected from the "Exploring the Moon Teacher's Guide" from NASA.

(4.5 mb) The complete "Exploring the Moon Teacher's Guide"
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NASA has many materials available at your closest NASA Educator Resource Center. This includes lithographs, posters, lesson plans, slide sets, video materials and more. See the listing for your closest center.

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Astronaut Exploration Timeline is a chronology of space missions from 1961-1972. Scroll down to the Apollo missions on the timeline and with one click you can go to a site with a wealth of information for the Apollo mission selected including links to mission objectives, crew members, photographs, science experiments done on mission and more.

Apollo Lunar Landings (1969-1972) provides information on the lunar landings and to each of the Apollo Missions.

Impact Sites of the LM Ascent and SIVB Stages details the crash locations sites of the Lunar Modules for Apollo 12 to 17.

Project Apollo Drawings and Technical Diagrams includes all aspects of the Apollo spacecrafts and the lunar module. Apollo Drawings

Looking at the LMs from the Grumman - Lunar Module Missions Site

Zoom in on Apollo Landing Sites
The site features a picture of the full Moon taken with a telescope here on Earth. Click on the Apollo Mission landing site you want to explore and the page will guide you through a series of images, taking you closer and closer to each of the landing sites. Mission 11, 12, and 14 are currently working.

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Apollo Crews gives the names and brief information about the Apollo astronauts from Apollo 1 to Apollo 13.

John F. Kennedy Space Center - Manned Apollo Missions provides many links to information about the spacecraft, mission goals, and both the manned and unmanned missions.

The Apollo Program provides extensive information for each of the Apollo missions from 1 through 17. Includes mission patches, crews, landing locations as well as additional topics and links.

Lunar Exploration Timeline will help put exploration of the Moon into historical perspective and provide links to each event.

Project Apollo Mission Summaries gives quick information about basic mission facts including crew names , LM and CSM nicknames, mission objectives, mission patch, date and mission duration.

Apollo Links provides many website links and online NASA publications and related websites.

JSC Digital Image Collection has links to press release images for Apllo 1 - 17.

The Moon
A page of links to missions to the moon, lunar resources and information about the moon including fact sheets and photo gallery.

Apollo - Current Locations details the present location of the Command Modules for Apollo Missions 7 to 17.

The Moon Group Page has links to the NSSDC Image Catalog and pictures for all of the Apollo missions 11-17,

Moon Trees page discusses the Apollo 14 mission which brought seeds into space. This can be a springboard for planting your own trees and finding out where "Moon trees" were planted.


Inconstant Moon
Shows the perigee and apogee images for easier comparison and explains why the even though the Moon keeps the same face towards the earth the features appear different at various times or in different pictures of the Moon.

Earth and Sky Homepage

A guide to enable you to go into your backyards -- look up to see the wonders of the universe -- and know what you're seeing! This site has the Tonight's Sky feature, to get you started along the path to astronomical enlightenment. The moon as well as other sky sights are listed and information is given to explain what will be visible.

Questions such as "Why does the more seem to change color?" are answered.

(In case you didn't know, the answer to that question was: "The moon appears sometimes golden and sometimes more white in color, depending on how much atmosphere is in front of the moon when we're looking at it. When you see the moon shortly after moonrise or around moonset -- when the moon is low in the eastern or western sky -- then you're looking through MUCH MORE atmosphere than when you see the moon overhead. The atmosphere causes the moon near the horizon to appear more golden in color. When that same moon appears higher overhead, it's color changes to white.")

NASA Moon Fact Sheet

moon surface

Moon's surface site for Moon Enthusiasts

A view of the current phase of the Moon (updated every 4 hours), Photos, Lunar News, Trivia, Facts and an Ask Us section for enthusiasts and amateur stargazers or Moon watchers.

A nice, easy to read background page on the Moon can be found here as well as a Photo Gallery

The Moon
A page of links to missions to the moon, lunar resources and information about the moon including fact sheets and photo gallery.

What is a Blue Moon?
The answers to this question can be found at

A more detailed explanation of a blue moon which gives more than the folklore explanation is also available.

Phases of the moon for any year you select can be obtained from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Data is listed in chart format which is very detailed. No illustrations are provided.

A brief explanation of the Moon's phases with pictures is provided at this location of the U.S. Naval Observatory. The page also includes animations which show lunation - a lunar month, during which time the Moon completely circles the Earth in its orbit.

Real-time Phases of the Moon
This site is updated every 60 seconds at the Luna Out Reach. Site provides an illustration of the all moon phases. In addition the age of the moon in days and seconds is listed. The site also lets you view phases of the Moon from the past, present and future from the year 1923-2084. Students can see what the Moon phase was on the day they were born or what it will be like on their next birthday.

The Moon Story
This is from the Nine Planets site by Bill Arnett. It is all about the Moon in a storybook format which is easy to read. This is a good background information site with basic facts and glosarry links to terms used. Many links to other sites including ones that deal with theories of lunar formation.


MOON IMAGES can be found on these sites:

CCD Images of the Moon
The pages provide thumbnail images of many moon formations, craters and regions.

Moon-"Light" Atlas
An interactive atlas produced with webcams with more than 700 lunar formations mapped.

Woman in the Moon
Numerous maria and ancient lava flows of dark basalt, help to outline THE WOMAN IN THE MOON. When these dark areas were first viewed with optical devices, observers mistook them for large areas of water. Author of the site shows you an outline of the "woman" and locations of the maria on a Moon map.

Observation of the Moon
Images and animations of the moon are used to explain its features, phases and orbit. Many links within the extensive text are to images which illustrate features or specific areas of the moon covered in the discussion. Text would probably be best for those seeking more detailed information or images.

Inconstant Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface
See a different view for every night of the month. You can select the month and the day to view. The phase of the Moon for each day is shown along with closeups of what might be visible through a telescope and information about the features shown. Many interesting areas to explore and lots of links and information.Site includes "moon music" to listen to while you explore.

Views of the Solar System
has images from planets and other bodies in the solar system, including the Moon.

The Moon
The Meiser Picture Gallery focus on different views of the moon including how it appears with the naked eye, through binoculars, through a telescope, and as seen if you are traveling into space away from earth.

The Moon
Lunar Information for Amateur Astronomers including links to lunar maps, The Lunar Observer monthly online newsletter, Lunascan Project with maps and images and other good links.

Moon Photos at the NSSDC Photo Gallery