Today we looked at the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon. We looked at the incredible journey Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took to become the first humans to walk on the surface of the Moon.
We also looked at the flimsy spacecraft that helped Armstrong and Aldrin land, the Lunar Lander (Eagle). Then we had a go at building our own. The task was simple. Design and build a lander capable of landing right side up and as softly as possible. Normally we do this experiment with an egg as the passenger and in past years the children have used parachutes. todays passengers were a little softer (two marshmallows). As there is no air on the moon todays task was a little trickier. But the children did an amazing job. Today we tested them at a height of 1 metre. Tomorrow we will be trying for a height a little greater. We will also have our first epic class video to share with you.
We also listened to some music inspired by the Moon. From Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy to the Piano Sonata by Beethoven and Moonlight (Four Sea Interludes) by Benjamin Britten it was another day full of stories of the Moon. And we're not done yet. :)
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