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Mission to the Moon

7-9-year-old students

In this experience, we would like to take you to the Moon, if you want to ...


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Here there is some interesting information about the Moon, the permanent natural satellite of the Earth.

The Full Moon. Credits: The Moon Project


From the earliest times, people have been observing the Moon, as a tracer of the time and harvest periods. The Moon is responsible for the Earth's tides.

With the invention of the telescope, at the end of the 20th century, it was possible to observe it in detail.

Craters and Seas of the Moon. Credits: The Moon Project


However, it was not until the XX century, on 21st July 1969 when the first person stepped on the Moon, as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

Amstrong became the first human to step onto the lunar surface on 21rst July 1969 and Aldrin joined him 20 minutes later.
Credits: NASA



The three astronauts on board the Apollo 11 spacecraft were: Neil Armstrong (the commander), Buzz Aldrin (pilot of the lunar module Eagle) and Michael Collins (the second pilot).

The first crew from the Apollo 11 mission. From left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Credits: NASA


As in all Space Missions, there was a huge team supporting them from Earth. NASA team were located at the Mission Control Center in Houston.

NASA's Mission Control in Houston, Texas, as seen in 1969 during the Apollo 11 first moon landing mission (NASA). Credits: NASA


There are many reasons why the Moon is still important fo humans, for example:

- Did you know that without the Moon the variations in the Earth's seasons would be much more drastic?

- Did you know that because the Moon's gravity is 0.17 times smaller than the Earth's, rockets require less fuel to escape from its attraction force?

- Did you know that ESA is considering setting up bases on the Moon in 2030? Would you like to be part of this mission?  

ESA plans to create a Moon base by the 2030s. Credits: Artistic vision from Foster + Partners is part of a consortium.