Land on the Moon 50 Years Later
July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin landing on the moon. Celebrate the achievement with a group reenactment of Apollo 11 landing, reprinted from 2012 blog post Kids Land on the Moon:
For an activity at a fifth-grade camp, kids simulate the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. A pair of kids on a horizontal step ladder are carried by parents over a human "boulder field" to the surface of the moon, onto which they walk and raise a flag. As they step through excerpts of the NASA audio recording, we analyze the implications of the various alarms, mission control statements, and emerging situations.
Watch the last four minutes until landing with lunar lander camera footage paired with LRO images.
Resources for the activity Kids Land on the Moon:
Apollo11landing-tricolor_script.pdf Text from excerpts of Apollo 11 lunar landing dialogue. The words of three people--Duke, Armstrong, and Aldrin--are in three differently colored fonts.
Presenter Script Apollo11landing-comments.pdf
Comments accompany excerpts of Apollo 11 lunar landing dialogue.
The First Lunar Landing,
Corrected Transcript and Commentary,
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