During the week of Nov. 16-20, 2009, students in grades K-8 are invited to re-discover the remarkable accomplishment of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Forty years have passed since this momentous event. To celebrate, NASA’s Digital Learning Network will deliver a daily videoconference that explores a single NASA center’s contribution to Apollo 11. These programs will also feature an in-studio NASA employee who had a special connection with Apollo 11. Student participation and interaction with the DLN host and NASA expert are assured.
Note: All programs are scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. CST and end at 1:00 p.m. CST.
Nov. 16, 2009 — Langley Research Center
Learn how a young engineer convinced his boss that lunar exploration would only be possible if something called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was used as the passageway to the moon.
Nov. 17, 2009 — Marshall Spaceflight Center
Learn how a rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty was constructed for peaceful space exploration and why its presence tipped the scale of the space race in favor of the U.S.
Nov. 18, 2009 — Kennedy Space Center
Discover America’s spaceport, the site where the Apollo 11 astronauts made their final preparations before counting down to the launch of the fastest vehicle human have ever ridden in — the Saturn V rocket.
Nov. 19, 2009 — Johnson Space Center
Learn more about the home of the astronaut corps and take a peek inside the Mission Control Center, where a room called the “FCR 2” was the setting for communication with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins as they were zooming towards the moon.
Nov. 20, 2009 — Ames Research Center
NASA expects to travel to the moon again in the next decade. Learn how this will take place through a new NASA program called Constellation.
To participate in this program, your school must have videoconferencing capabilities. For more information on technical requirements, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/techinfo/
If you would like to be placed on the “we’re interested” list for this free program, please reply to email@example.com . Please respond no later than close of business on Oct. 14, 2009.
When replying, the subject line must be: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary.
Please include the following information in your message:
• Your name
• Your school e-mail
• Your school’s telephone number
• Your school’s name
• Your school’s city
• Your school’s state
• Your school’s technical point of contact
• Technical POC’s work telephone
• Technical POC’s work e-mail
• Student grade levels
• Anticipated number of participating students
• Date/time of preferred participation
Would you like to challenge your students to exercise their bodies and minds? The DLN has designed a fun activity that incorporates fitness and math! “Walk to the Moon” encourages students to count their steps around their homes and schools to reach a goal of 250,000. Each step will be equal to one mile. With approximately 250,000 miles between Earth and the Moon, your students will “walk” to the moon! Students may chart their progress individually or in groups — the choice is yours. Either way, the DLN would like to hear about your class’s journey! Please e-mail your results to firstname.lastname@example.org , and you may hear your students’ stories LIVE during the DLN’s week-long special event in November!