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Landing on the Moon - Planning and designing a lunar lander | Teach with space P37

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Languages: EnglishDanishGerman (teacher's guide), German (student worksheet)

Subjects: Physics, Mathematics and Economics |

In this set of activities, students will plan, design, and build a landing module to secure the survival of the crew (in the form of an egg-naut) landing on the Moon. They will explore which factors should be considered when landing on the Moon, in comparison to landing on Earth. In the design of the lunar lander, students must take risk factors and budgeting into account.
Students will calculate the velocity and acceleration during the fall and use Newton's Second Law of Motion to study the forces on the Earth and Moon.

Download: Teacher’s guide and student worksheets
Age range: 14 – 16 years old
Keywords: Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Moon landing, gravity, friction, force, acceleration, velocity, Newton’s laws, budgeting, risk-analysis.

This classroom resource is part of a set of resources developed by ESA’s Education Office in collaboration with ESEROs to support the Moon Camp project.

Landing on the Moon is very different from landing on Earth. Watch this animation by Airbus Foundation Discovery Space to find out more. More videos here.