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Lunar Nautics: Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon Educator Guide

The front cover of the Lunar Nautics educator guide

Product Type: Educator Guide
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 6-8
Publication Year: 2008
Product Number: EG-2008-09-129-MSFC
Product Number: EP-2008-09-136-MSFC
Subjects: General Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Space Science, Technology


The Lunar Nautics Educator Guide has 40 activities. Students assume roles of workers at Lunar Nautics Space Systems, Inc., a fictional aerospace company specializing in mission management, lunar habitat and exploration design, and scientific research.

This guide features lessons that address the basics of Newton's Laws of Motion, rocket design, microgravity, and the moon. Students will design, test and analyze a model lunar lander, a robot, and a soda bottle rocket. Other activities include building edible models of spacecraft and a solar oven to cook hot dogs. Students can also build a microgravity sled as part of an underwater activity.

Educators can use this guide in a variety of settings or formats, such as week-long day camps, after-school programs, a classroom unit or as supporting curriculum.

The Student Employment Handbook supplements the Lunar Nautics Educator Guide. The handbook contains the student sheets that accompany the lessons and activities in the educator guide.

Lunar Nautics Educator Guide [4MB PDF file]
Lunar Nautics Student Employment Handbook [3MB PDF file]

Page Last Updated: December 10th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild