Lunar and Planetary Institute






Education and Public Outreach

We’re going to the Moon!  And we need to figure out how to live off the land!

What — and how — do we know about how the Moon formed and changed through time, and how does its history impact what we find where? Our visits to six places on the Moon brought us new scientific understanding about its geologic history and the materials that make up the lunar landscape, but much of the Moon remained unexplored during these landings. Past and present spacecraft missions carry instruments that measure different wavelengths of light reflected off the Moon’s surface. These missions are presenting scientists and engineers with new data about the entire Moon, its features, environment, and materials. With this information we can plan how to use the available materials to support future lunar outposts.

Three posters, designed for students in 6th to 9th grade, explore these ideas. 

 

How Our Moon Formed poster

How Our Moon Formed

Full-size poster front (pdf)
Full-size poster back (pdf)
Small poster front for 8 ½ x 11 and 11 x 17 prints

Individual Back Panels for use by Educators

How did our Moon Form?
Evolution of Our Moon
Exploration Timeline
An Earth-Based Tour of the Moon
Meet a Lunar Geologist – Dr. Jeff Taylor, University of Hawaii
Try This! Make an Impact
Hina Moves to the Moon: A Hawaiian Story about Our Moon
Further Exploration – Books, Websites, Classroom Resources

Our Moon in a Different Light poster

Our Moon in a New Light

Full-size poster front (pdf)
Full-size poster back (pdf)
Small poster front for 8 ½ x 11 and 11 x 17 prints

Individual Back Panels for use by Educators

What is Electromagnetic Radiation?
How do Scientists Determine the Composition of Rocks They Can’t Touch?
Spectrometers in Action Around the Moon
Exploration Timeline
Meet a Lunar Geologist – Dr. Carle Pieters, Brown University
Try This! Seeing the Invisible
Share a Story
Further Exploration – Books, Websites, Classroom Resources

To the Moon and Beyond poster

To the Moon and Beyond

Full-size poster front (pdf)
Full-size poster back (pdf)
Small poster front for 8 ½ x 11 and 11 x 17 prints

Individual Back Panels for use by Educators

Why Go to the Moon?
Challenges to Lunar Explorers
Lunar Resources
Meet a Mission Engineer – Cathy Peddie, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Try This! Ice at the Poles
Create a Lunar Outpost
Further Exploration – Books, Websites, Classroom Resources