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The Apollo Lunar missions were an important part of man's exploration of space. In the future the Moon may be a very important base for exploration into deep space. The lessons included in the "curriculum" section are intended to help students explore the Lunar Module, Apollo Missions, and the Moon.

Want to be an Astronaut?

Objectives -Overview

To help students learn more about what it takes to become an astronaut.

To become familiar with names of Apollo astronauts.

To use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information.

NETS Standards Categories supported 3, 5, 6


1. Learn how to become an astronaut
Have students visit the NASA Astronaut site which covers the selection and training of astronauts and explains the basic requirements for astronaut applicants, astronaut training and the various types of specialists within the astronaut program.

See also - Careers at NASA and in Aeronautics

Have students write about the job of an astronaut and what it takes to become one.

If desired, students can use the online page Be An Astronaut which includes links to resources noted here.


2. Research the Apollo Mission astronauts.
Have students research one of the Apollo astronauts and create a presentation or report about them. See a sample report for some ideas, guidelines for students, and resources.

3. Now the questions
Challenge students to listen to or read each other's reports and answer questions such as :

Who flew to the Moon more than once?

What were some things that astronauts had in common as far as their education or training?

What are some things that someone your age could start doing now to work towards becoming an astronaut?

Other Helpful Online Resources

See astronaut information for links to each mission's overview and its crew. Click on the small thumbnail of the crew to see information about each astronaut.

or use for detailed biographies of selected Apollo crews from Missions 1 to 17