To have students discover more about the rock and soil
samples collected during the Apollo Missions.
To have students graph the weight of rock/soil collected
during the lunar landings.
Make the reference links or written
information about the Apollo missions available to students.
Ask them to make a hypothesis about which of the Apollo
Missions they think returned the largest number of rock
and soil samples (weight-wise)? Why?
Have students find out which missions
used the lunar rover and see if they can determine why the
LR vehicle might have made a difference in collection procedures.
The total sample weight from all
the lunar missions was 381.7 kilograms (840 pounds). Have
students find the weight of rock and soil samples from each
Apollo Missions 11-17. Links to the missions will give
them information regarding the number and weight of samples
Have them graph the results. See
if their hypothesis match the actual results.
See this Apollo
Missions Graph to check the findings.
Where are the rocks and soil samples
being kept now? See The
Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at Johnson Space Center
What have we learned from the samples?
See the 10
Top discoveries from the Apollo missions.