Friday, July 20, 2012

We Choose the Moon and Other Apollo 11 Resources

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping onto the moon. Here are some resources for teaching and learning about the Apollo 11 mission.

We Choose the Moon is a project put together by the John F. Kennedy Presidential LibraryWe Choose the Moon has eleven stages that viewers can follow as the mission progresses. If you visit We Choose the Moon you can explore image and video galleries capturing the sights and sounds of the lead-up to the launch. Included in these galleries are videos of President Kennedy talking about the goal of putting a man on the moon.

NASA has a short video that includes the audio from President Kennedy's speech to Congress in which he states the goal of putting a man on the moon. The video explains the significance of Kennedy's proclamation in 1961 and today. Watch the video below.



Snag Learning hosts Journey to the Moon.  Beginning with the formation of NASA and concluding with the Apollo 11 crew safely returning to Earth, Journey to the Moon is a 44 minute film tracing the development the US space exploration program. Watch the film and find discussion questions here.

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Planet In Action is a fun website that features three games based on Google Earth. All three games utilize Google Earth imagery and navigation. The three games are Ships, Places, and Moon Lander. In "Places" you navigate, from a helicopter view, five popular places including the Grand Canyon. In "Ships" you become the captain of a fleet of ships to navigate famous ports of call. And in "Moon Lander" you take control of the Apollo 11 moon lander and guide the "Eagle" to touch-down.