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Explore!Marvel Moon

Marvel Moon Overview of Activities

Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. Explore Marvel Moon will acquaint you NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. As the children complete each activity, they collect pages to assemble into their own comic books! The activities are suitable for children ages 8–13 unless otherwise noted.


Moon over My Town: Community members are invited to contribute photographs of the Moon for a display featuring the Moon's changing appearance.
Time Travelers: Children determine the order of geologic events — such as the formation of the Moon and when the bright crater of Tycho formed, and are introduced to NASA lunar scientists through comic-book style visualizations.
Wham! Moon!: Children create their own comic strips of our Moon's birth, and use balls of Play-Doh® to model the impact between Earth and a small planet 4.5 billion years ago.
Recipe for a Moon: Children make edible models of the cores, mantles, and crusts of the Moon and Earth.
Edible Rocks: Children analyze and discuss candy bars with the same terminology used by geologists to study rocks from space.
Rocks Tell Us the Moon's Story: Children can see snapshots of the Moon's history and hold an important artifact of American history with a Lunar Sample Disk.

Growing up Moon
Children visit a sequence of stations to discover how the Moon’s dark and light areas and craters formed, and identify the lunar features that were produced at different period on a Moon map:

Infant Moon: Moon Mix!: This station investigates the Moon’s infancy, 4.5 billion years ago; children model how different materials floated and sank in the early molten Moon. 
Kid Moon: Splat!: Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons.
Teen Moon: Moon Ooze: Children model how the Moon's volcanic period reshaped its features using Rice Krispie treats and chocolate syrup.
Moon's Long History:  Impact Paintings: Children model how craters can help determine the ages of lunar surface, using paint and cotton balls.
Grown-up Moon: What Do You See in Today's Moon?: Children use their imaginations to discover an object or character in the Moon.
Future Moon: The Footsteps of Explorers: Children make “Moon dust” by droping impactors onto layers of graham crackers, and consider how the Moon’s dust will hold future explorers’ bootprints  in the future.

Moon in Action: Children and their families view the Moon outside with the naked eye and binoculars or telescopes.
Mirror Moon: Children investigate the source of the Moon's light using an aluminum foil ball and flashlight.
Earth’s Bright Neighbor: Children construct a scale model of the Moon, Earth, and Sun, and consider what it would be like if there was no Moon.
Loony Lunar Phases: Children hear a story, song, or poem that celebrates the Moon’s different phases, recreate the shapes of the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo® cookies, and write a Moon-inspired poem.
Lunar Phases:  A Dance Under the Sun: Children ages 10 to 13 model the Moon’s phases using a Styrofoam ball and sunlight.
Spin! Day and Night: Children ages 10 to 13 explore Earth's rotation and the Moon's role, by modeling the Earth's daily motions in this kinesthetic exploration.
Steady Partner, Steady Seasons: Children ages 11 to 13 kinesthetically explore how Earth's tilt creates the seasons, then model how Earth's axis would wobble if its tilt was not stabilized by Moon.
Dance of the Moon and Oceans: Children ages 10 to 13 kinesthetically model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes ocean tides, and consider what the Earth's tides might have been like if there were no Moon.
Moon Mythbusters: Children sort puzzle pieces containing statements about the Moon into two images: the "Far-out Far Side" with urban myths, and "True-Blue Blue Moon" with true statements.
Penny Moon: Children ages 10 to 13 use a penny and a quarter to model the Moon’s rotation on its axis.
My Take on the Moon: Children create zines about an aspect of the Moon they explored through Explore Marvel Moon activities.