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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. Ha

Lunar Landings - Apollo Missions

Overview - Objectives

To learn about the manned Apollo missions and some of the important contributions that the Apollo program made.

To put the Apollo missions into historical perspective by looking at missions that came before and ones that came after or are planned for the future.


1. Read and Research

Have students find out more about each of the six Lunar Landing Apollo Missions and the one aborted mission. Information about the crew, landing locations, a mission summary and additional images for each of the lunar flights are listed or provided at the Lunar Landing Sites page. Students can be divided into groups and one group assigned to research each mission.

Have students record information on a chart (a sample chart is included here) including important facts about the mission. If your class is divided into research groups, the chart can be used for note taking as each group presents its findings.

The Lunar Exploration Timeline provides a quick look at all missions starting with flyby missions in 1959.

2. Create a Presentation

Using the images on the sites listed at Lunar Landing Sites, students can create a multimedia presentation using HyperStudio, PowerPoint or the web. (Photos from the NASA sites are in public domain and can be used for educational purposes. Check the copyright/use notices for specific details. ) Have students read and use the ideas at the Report/Presentation Page to help with this.

3. Map the Landings

Print out the Apollo Landing sites map and the coordinates given to locate each mission. (The mission numbers have been removed from this Moon map so that students can use a copy for a mapping exercise.)

A chart of Apollo Lunar Landings which you can print out for student use will provide them with the Latitude and Longitude of each landing site. Used online, there is a link to each mission as well as links to graphics and a QuickTime movie for each of the landing destinations.

4. Lead students in a discussion to help them try to determine the important scientific discoveries made during the Apollo program's exploration of the moon. NASA has listed Top 10 Scientific Discoveries on its web pages. Students may have additional items they feel are important as well after their research.

5. Importance of the Apollo Missions

Have students add to the list of the importance of exploration of the Moon by researching the explorations done since the Apollo Missions . These missions includes the Soviet Union Luna which had 20 missions (1959-76), Hiten (1990), Clementine (1994), and Lunar Prospector (1998) . Students may want to look at ones being planned for the future which include the SMART 1 (2002) mission planned by the European Space Agency and the Lunar-A (2003) and Selene missions (2003), both planned by Japan.

The Lunar Exploration Timeline provides a quick look at all missions starting with flyby missions in 1959.

NOTE: In the Lunar Landing chart and Lunar Module chart provided at this site include links to the URLs for each mission and addresses for additional resources so that if the pages are printed for student use they can type in the appropriate sites as they work at the computer.