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Home NASA Connections Apollo Revisited

Apollo Revisited

Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science
Target Audience Students
Event Focus You have just been assigned as an engineer to help develop the Crew Exploration Vehicle for NASA's return to the Moon in 2018. How will this mission be different from the Apollo missions of the 1970s? Can we repeat the mission as before or will the return to the Moon require new approaches and new designs?
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As NASA seeks to return to the Moon in 2018, what are the lessons learned from the Apollo program that need to be considered and what questions were left unanswered? This module looks in-depth at the information NASA gained from the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo flights.
Instructional Objectives
  • 90 % of the students viewing \"Apollo Revisited\" will be able to explain the need for stages in the Saturn V rocket.
  • 80 % will be able to point out the danger of a pure oxygen atmosphere and give examples related to the use of oxygen on earth in health-related environments.
  • 80 % of the students will be able to discuss the importance of developing the Apollo program through a series of test flights culminating in a Moon landing.
  • 70 % will be able to discuss the dangers of space flight as related to Apollo 13.

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    Apollo History vs. China Plans for Rover launch by 2012
    Written by: LaurieRuberg On: 14 May 2009

    In what ways does the U.S. Apollo historical mission differ from China's current plans to launch a lunar rover by 2012?

    China's Chang-e space probe to made a planned crash landing onto the lunar surface March 1, 2009.

    The 16-month journey was the first leg of China's moon mission, which is expected to lead to a soft landing and the launch of a rover vehicle by 2012, Xinhua news said. 

    In 2017, China will launch a second rover, which will gather geological samples and take them back to Earth.

    China has separately announced it will launch a space module next year, and carry out its first space docking in 2011, in preparation for its goal of building a space station.

    The Tiangong-1 ("Heavenly Palace") module has been designed to operate unattended for large periods of time, 

    but will also be used to conduct zero gravity experiments.

    Having a link to the current "race to the Moon" may be the best way to stimulate student interest in this subject matter. 


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    Written by: Roger On: 13 Feb 2009
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