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Presentations for Explore Trainers

The presentations on this page are those made by NASA scientists and engineers at the Explore training workshops. They are intended to provide background information for program providers, and are not intended to be used directly in youth programs. Be sure to explore the notes sections for additional information and image credits. These external resources are not necessarily 508 compliant.

Overview of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission (PDF)
John Cavanaugh, LOLA Systems Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center

Overview of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mission
(13 MB PowerPoint)
Stephanie Stockman, LRO Education and Public Outreach Lead, Goddard Space Flight Center

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – Instrument and Project Engineering Overview
(10 MB PowerPoint)
David Everett, LRO Systems Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)
(9.4 MB PowerPoint)
Mark Robinson, Principal Investigator, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Arizona State University

Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP): Exploration of Permanently Shadowed Regions and the Lunar Atmosphere(46 MB PowerPoint)
Joel Parker, Southwest Research Institute

New Look at an Old Neighbor: Return to the Moon (56 MB PowerPoint)
David Everett, LRO Systems Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center

Why We Are Going Back to the Moon and How LRO Will Help!
Jim Garvin, Chief Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center

Challenges of the Lunar Environment (15 MB PowerPoint)
Paul Lowman, Lunar Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center

Introduction to Lunar Geology (18 MB PowerPoint)
Stephanie Shipp, Lunar and Planetary Institute

From the Moon to Mars (2.8 MB PowerPoint)
Chris McKay


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Good Night Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Harper Festival, 1991, ISBN 0694003611
A beloved bedtime story for pre-schoolers. While not a detailed investigation of lunar science, it does encourage children to examine our near neighbor.  Available in Spanish.

Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) Judy Donnelly, Random House Books for Young Readers, 1989, ISBN 0394824571
Intended for pre-school children, this book shares the story of Apollo 11 and the preparations to get to the Moon.

Grandpa Takes Me to the Moon
Timothy R. Gaffney, Tambourine, 1996, ISBN 0688139388
A young boy imagines joining his grandfather on a trip to the moon, sharing interesting facts about the lunar environment. For children ages 4-8.

Reaching for the Moon
Buzz Aldrin, HarperCollins, 2005, ISBN 0060554452
Buzz Aldrin, famed Apollo 11 Moonwalker, shares with children ages 7–12 his extraordinary adventures on the Moon, and all the events that led up to that remarkable journey. Colorful illustrations and personal insights from a man who lived the dream, make this an interesting and inspiring read.

What the Moon is Like (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
Franklyn M. Branley, HarperTrophy, 2000, ISBN 0064451852
The lunar environment – including the possibility of water on the Moon - is explored for children ages 4-8.  Hands-on activities allow the children to learn more about cratering and other lunar features.

On the Moon
Anna Milbourne and Laura Fearn, Usborne Books, 2004, ISBN 0794506178
A well illustrated book for children ages 4 to 8 that examines the Moon, its environment, and the astronauts who explored it.

Moon (Eye on the Universe )
Bobbie Kalman, School & Rebound by Sagebrush, 1999, ISBN 0613083784
Children ages 4-8 will learn about the lunar cycle, the moon's surface and environment, it’s affect on Earth, and human exploration of our near neighbor.

The Best Book of the Moon
Ian Graham, Kingfisher, 2005, ISBN 0753459027
Lunar cycles and eclipses, features, landings, and myths are presented for children ages 4 to 8

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog
Jeffrey Bennett, Big Kid Science, 2003, ISBN 0972181903
In this engaging read for children ages 4 to 8 Max the dog and his human buddy explore the Moon and what it takes to build a Moon colony. A hands-on activity family activity is included.

Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World
Lynn Moroney, 1995, Northland Publishing Company, ISBN 0873586018
Colorfully illustrated stories from indigenous tribes around the world will engage readers ages 9–13. Parents will enjoy reading stories to younger children.

The Moon Book
by Gail Gibbons, Holiday House, 1998, ISBN 0823413640
Children ages 6 to 8 learn about lunar phases and eclipses, the cause of tides, how the Moon formed, who has explored it, and more. The book is beautifully illustrated and contains lunar legends and lore in addition to scientific information.

The Moon
Seymour Simon, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2003, ISBN 0689835639
An exploration of the Moon with fantastic images for children ages 7 to 10.

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier
Marianne J. Dyson, National Geographic Children's Books, 2003, ISBN 0792271939
Readers ages 9 to 11 will learn about the lunar environment, history, and resources as they imagine a future human colony.  What should colonists take? What will they do? Where will they live?  Activities engage children further.

Moon Quest (Choose Your Own Adventure, No. 167)
A. Montgomery, Bantam Books, 1996, ISBN 0553566210
Children ages 9–12 choose the roles they would like to play in colonizing the Moon.

Moon Base: First Colony in Space
Michael D. Cole, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1999, ISBN 0766011186
Children ages 9-12 explore the reasons for building a Moon base and how the base could be used.

Stories of the Moon
Joan Marie Galat, 2004, Walrus Books, ISBN: 1552856100
A beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the Moon from cultures around the world for children ages 9 to 12. Interesting lunar facts are interwoven throughout. 

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Catherine Thimmesh, 2006, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 0618507574
Children ages 10 and older will enjoy this well illustrated exploration of the events and people who made it possible to put humans on the Moon .

The Moon-Earth's Companion in Space: Earth's Companion in Space
Michael D. Cole, 2001, Enslow Publishers, ISBN: 0766015106
Children ages 9 to 12 learn about lunar orbits and phases, human exploration, and the mystery about how our Moon formed. 

Earth And The Moon
Ron Miller, 2003, 21st Century, ISBN: 0761323589
Written for young teens, this book examines the theories of the Moon’s formation, and the complex relationship between the Earth and Moon.

Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon
David Reynolds, 2002, Harcourt, ISBN: 0151009643
A captivating history of the people and events leading up to, and involved in, the Apollo lunar exploration missions. Young adults and adults will enjoy this well illustrated adventure. Landing site maps and landscape photographs are stunning.

Other Products

Moon Globe
Edmund Scientific
A 12 inch diameter model of the Moon with labeled surface features, including American and Russian robotic and manned landing sites. Includes an informational handbook.

Lunar Posters
Images as well as educational posters of the Moon.

Miscellaneous Lunar Stuff
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Posters, mugs, calendars, globes, tee-shirts and more. Go to the AstroShop and search on “Moon.”

Native American Star Tales
Storyteller Lynn Moroney enchants children and adults with Native American folk tales and sky lore. This three- audio tape set includes “The Feather Moon” and “Tales of the Sun and Moon” along with seasonal lore revealing how Native Americans viewed the universe around them. To order tapes, contact Lynn Moroney.

10 Native American Story – Science Story Couplets share stories about the workings of our solar system and universe, from lunar phases to seasons to the formation of stars.  The stories are told by Native American Story tellers and a Native American Astronaut. Several hands-on activities and resource lists accompany each couplet, to extend the children’s engagement in science and literature. SkyTellers, by Lynn Moroney and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, is intended for children ages 5 to 13, but is applicable to all audiences in different learning environments.

Internet Sites

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.

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 web site 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.

The University of New Mexico provides a website that contains information about lunar geology and observations of the Moon. Pictures accompany the details provided. For children ages 12 and older.

The geology department of Union College has compiled information regarding the Moon’s formation and contents. For 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.

Moon Water
This NASA site discusses the possibility of water on the Moon and why we are so interested in discovering water. The 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 Miner’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.