On the Moon

On The Moon
If the children have exited and returned, greet them at the planetarium entrance door.
As the children enter the planetarium, make a Moon panorama “grow” into place, simulating a “landing.”
Apollo 17 Panorama with Running Astronaut

Welcome to the Moon! As you can see, the Moon seems like a strange and mysterious place. It is quite barren and rocky.

Before you sit down, remember in the movie when the astronauts were on the Moon, did they walk around?

[No! ]

How did they get around then? 

[We saw in the movie—they hopped.]

Well, let’s all hop as we come and while you’re at it, look for rock samples all around – see if you can find one, because there are many scientists back on Earth who want to know what the Moon is made of.

Each one of you may collect ONE rock so our team back on Earth can study it.

Allow time for students to explore the “Moon” a bit, encourage them to find safe places to “land” (sit).

Make sure each child collects a Moon rock. When everyone has one, ask for a child volunteer to be the “Chief Scientific Sample Collector” to collect the Moon rocks in the “Sample Box.”

Well, it’s time to get back to Earth again.
Let’s transport back to our ship.

Before we go, let’s take a look at something you can only see from the Moon – an Earthrise!

VISUAL 12 (movie): Earthrise
Turn off UV light.and head home. Fade off the moonscape panorama.

Lift off the surface of the Moon.
VISUAL 13 (movie): Lunar Takeoff
We take one last look at the Moon from space, before we turn ourselves around and approach Earth.

When we head home, we take off from the Moon in the Lunar Excursion Module, hook up to the Command Module that we used on the trip out to the Moon, and return to Earth in that Command module.