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To the Moon and Beyond with NASA's LRO Mission - Websites
EXPLORE! To the Moon and Beyond with NASA's LRO Mission


About LRO
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center offers a brief mission overview for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter as well as a timeline, details about the instruments on the LRO, and images of the LRO. Explore the Outreach pages for links to more activities and resources. This site is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

NASA's Ames Research Center offers a brief mission overview for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) as well as a timeline and multimedia including images, videos, and the song "Water on the Moon." Additional activities can be accessed through the Education page, and learn about observing the impact event through the Observations page. This site is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

NASA Lunar Science Institute
Adults may learn about news and events relating to the Moon and lunar science, browse through the "Ask a Lunar Scientist" section, and access education and multimedia resources. Kids can learn about the Moon's characteristics, surface features, appearance, and future exploration in the "Lunar Science for Kids" section.

The Windows to the Universe shares our Moon's formation, what makes the light and dark areas on the Moon, and more! The information is presented at three levels, for ages 8 and older.

Enchanted Learning's Zoo Astronomy website provides information and fun facts for kids of all ages. Get a basic overview of different aspects of the Moon including its orbit, size, temperature and lots more! There are also coloring pages, puzzles, and quizzes for children to enjoy. Covers a broad range of children's activities and information from ages 5–12. Activities, coloring pages, puzzles, and links, are provided at this site.

NASA's Planetary website offers information ranging from Moon Fact Sheets to Past and Future Missions. There are also on-line books that can aid in further understanding of the numerous missions to the Moon. This website is suitable for ages 12 and up.

The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology Astronomy and Spaceflight
The David Darling, author and astronomer, offers an overview of the Moon and its size, origin, and activity on the Moon. For young adults and adults.

Sky & Telescope gives young adults and adults the opportunity to take a Moon walk. Discover the different features of the Moon that are visible during different phases. A map of the Moon is provided to help guide the way. A good starter to help parents engage younger children in observing the Moon.

Young adults and adults will enjoy The Lunar Republic Society's interactive maps of the Moon which identify numerous features on the Moon.

Fourmilab Switzerland is an interactive site created by John Walker that allows you to view the Moon from Earth, our Sun and the night side. It also gives descriptions and details of lunar formations. This site is suitable for young adults and adults.

Resources on the Moon

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon – What LOLA – the laser aboard the LRO - will tell us about the Moon's surface and why we need to know! For children ages 12 and older.

Archive of articles from Planetary Science Research Discoveries about formation and evolution of the Moon and the lunar environment.

Prospecting for Lunar Water – LRO instruments will hunt for evidence of ice on the Moon's surface — following the evidence provided by earlier Lunar orbiters. A nice overview of the instruments. For children ages 12 and older.

Moon Water – A review of the evidence for water on the Moon for children ages 12 and older.

En route to Mars, the Moon – Why the Moon is a logical first step before following the Nations vision to Mars and beyond! For children ages 12 and older.

Lunar Ice: 'Cold Traps' Eyed for Exploration – Why craters are good bets for preserving ice, and how the LRO instruments will help determine if ice is there. For children ages 12 and older.

NASA's Planetary website discusses the search for ice or water on the Moon. It describes what researchers are looking for and what the Lunar Prospector discovered during its crash into the Moon in January 1998. This site is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Radioactive Moon
This NASA article discusses radiation on the Moon and how scientists will measure it. An interesting article that can be enjoyed by readers ages 12 and up.

The Moon Mine's Manifesto discusses where to mine the Moon for water, aluminum, magnesium, and calcium. The site will spark some thoughts and discussion for young adults and adults.

Mission to the Moon – Past, Present, and Future!
Artist Pat Rawlings creates images of colonies on Mars and the Moon, as well as a variety of space exploration and research subjects. This is a great site for sparking imagination!

NASA's Vision for Space Exploration lays out the steps for our return to the Moon, venture to Mars, and exploration of the solar system beyond.

NASA's Exploration Systems Missions Directorate is responsible for the engineering and technology required to support human and robotic exploration of the Moon and beyond.

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper is one of NASA's instruments aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. It will map the entire lunar surface, and reveal the minerals of which it is made. Extensive educator content and classroom resources are available on the education pages.

NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft orbited the Moon, acquiring a global map of lunar resources, gravity, and magnetic fields. The education section offers a teachers guide, lesson plans and a multitude of other resources.

The Clementine Mission was a joint venture between the Department of Defense and NASA to test instruments in long-term space environment and to acquire a global multispectral map of the Moon's surface.

The Apollo Program and Apollo Expeditions to the Moon
Explore NASA's Apollo Program further

Lunar and Planetary Science
NASA's Lunar and Planetary Science pages provide an overview of past, present, and future lunar missions, as well as a Moon FAQ and fact sheet, images, and related books and articles.

Lunar Exploration
NASA's Planetary Web site lists the Lunar Missions in chronological order. Each mission provides information on the type of spacecraft used as well as what it discovered. Pictures taken by the spacecrafts are also included. For young adults and adults.

Last updated
June 25, 2010


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