First Walk on the Moon and Science After Dark

This week marked the 47th anniversary of U.S. astronauts taking the first walk on the moon.  Many of us only know this event from stories told by our parents and grandparents who sat in front of the radio listening to Neil Armstrong’s famous line.  Others were fortunate enough to view the event on a tiny television that produced a black and white picture.  47 years later, the event is still extremely exciting to think about.  The men on Apollo 11 risked everything to become the first to walk on the moon and were extremely fortunate for their success. 

The anniversary of this event is a great reason to do some exploration with the family.  YouTube has a plethora of videos showing the event and I would highly recommend exploring some of these with the kiddos.  From the rocket launch, to the actual moon walk, to the visual difference in film quality, there is so much to discuss and so many questions to answer.  If you are visiting YouTube videos, beware of the comment sections, as they are often inundated with comments that aren’t appropriate for younger audiences.

This is also a great time to do some science after dark.  iGameMom has a great site for all sorts of nighttime science activities.  From stargazing and moon watching to catching and learning about fireflies and other nighttime insects – there is a wealth of information and links to help you plan a perfect night of science.