Showing posts with label We choose the moon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label We choose the moon. Show all posts

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Videos - Neil Armstrong and the Moon

The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away today at age 82. Every major news outlet has stories about Neil Armstrong. I first saw the news through a Reuters story that a friend shared on Facebook. CNN has a series of videos about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission. The first video in the series is embedded below.

The BBC has this nice captioned photo gallery about Neil Armstrong. 

The CBS News archives on YouTube offers this video of Walter Cronkite anchoring the first moon walk. 

And through Open Culture I found this video biography of Neil Armstrong. 

Applications for Education
If current events and or  modern U.S. History are a part of your curriculum consider using these videos to spark discussion or open a lesson on Monday. The clip with Walter Cronkite also opens up a discussion about the notable broadcasters in the "early" days of news broadcasting when there were only three networks in the U.S. 

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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

View the Moon in Google Earth

Today, on the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, Google announced the addition of moon imagery to Google Earth. To view the moon imagery and to view tours of the moon in Google Earth simply select "moon" from the planet menu in the Google Earth toolbar.

Some of the coolest features of Google Earth moon are the layers based on different Apollo missions as well as the embedded video footage recorded at the moon. The best places to learn about all of the cool Google Earth moon options is on the Google Lat Long Blog, on the Google Earth Blog, and in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
This might be the best enhancement to Google Earth since the launch of Google Earth 5.0. The imagery and tours of the moon will be great for students to explore in science classes.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Restored Videos of the First Moon Landing
Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth
Google Earth Links You Might Have Missed

Friday, July 17, 2009

Restored Videos of First Moon Landing

I found this news in the Reuters' most watched videos RSS feed. NASA is restoring all of the videos from the first moon landing on July 20, 1969. All of the videos will be available in September, but you can see a preview now on the NASA website. You can also watch the sample that is embedded below.

Applications for Education
The restored videos of the first moon landing could be good materials to use as part of lesson on the history of space exploration. The videos would also be good to use as part of a lesson on the Cold War and the Space Race.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
We Choose the Moon - Apollo 11 40th Anniversary
JFK's "We Choose the Moon" Speech