Footprints on the Moon

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In this lesson, students will learn a bit more about the Apollo missions and what the Astronauts did at the landing sites. They will then perform an experiment to determine which material, sand or flour, is most like the lunar soil, and observe samples of these under the USB microscopes to determine which is most like the actual soil samples returned from the Moon. By looking at the shapes of the particles, they will then explain why the Apollo astronaut’s footprints are still on the Moon 50 years later.

Curriculum links:

  • Making observations.
  • Reporting findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations of results, explanations involving causal relationships, and conclusions.

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