Space Exploration: Summer of Space

first man on the moonCelebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

On July 20, 1969, humans walked on another world for the first time in history, achieving the goal that President John F. Kennedy had set in 1961, before Americans had even orbited the Earth. After a landing that included dodging a lunar crater and boulder field just before touchdown, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the area around their lunar landing site for more than two hours. They collected soil and rock samples, set up experiments, planted an American flag, and left behind medallions honoring the Apollo 1 crew and a plaque saying, “We came in peace for all mankind.”

General Information    Things to Do    Lesson Plans     TV/Videos


General Information

earth riseNasa
Get the latest updates on NASA missions, subscribe to blogs, RSS feeds and podcasts, watch NASA TV live, or simply read about our mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
space capsuleHistory of Space Exploration
At this site students can learn about the history of space exploration and find information about a number of United States, Russian, Japanese, and European missions.
star net logoLaunch Into STAR Net‘s “Summer of Space”
In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net).
All About Earth DayPBS Summer of Space
PBS Brings You the Universe All Summer Long. Visit for broadcast schedule, events and activities.
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 Things to Do

Saturn RocketFind Apollo Anniversary Events Near You
Search for events celebrating Apollo's 50th anniversary.
Apollo's Moon shotApollo's Moon Shot AR
A free augmented reality app lets anyone with a smartphone or tablet walk through a portal onto the Moon, interact with authentic artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission, take a space selfie and access videos.
podcast logoListen: SMALL STEPS, GIANT LEAPS
From a project’s smallest steps to humanity’s greatest leaps, In NASA's podcast, Small Steps, Giant Leaps, APPEL Knowledge Services talks with systems engineers, scientists, project managers and thought leaders about challenges, opportunities, and successes.
moon landingWatch Apollo 11 Original Videos
Restored HD Apollo 11 videos of key moments.
Rocket LaunchNASA Kids' Club
NASA Kids Club is an excellent site for "kids" of all ages and provides an abundance of information, images, and interesting things to do on astronomy and the space sciences.
studentsNASA Classroom Activites
Bring the wonder of space to your students. Explore our universe of science, technology, engineering and math activities and resources.
satelite photo of earthEarth from Space
NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations.
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Lesson Plans

orbiting earthApollo Projects for Students
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NASA's Apollo Moon Landing with Educational Resources and Projects for Kids.
moon surfacePBS Learning Media
PBS and your PBS member station have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you.
Sapce capsuleSpace Exploration
Full unit introducing students to the historical motivation for space exploration.
Mars horizonMission to Mars
In this module, students simulate a launch sequence for a manned mission to Mars. In preparation for the mission, students engage with several small missions (design problems) related to Earth and the solar system, interdependent relationships in ecosystems, energy transfer, and forces.
celebrating space explorationCelebrating Space Exploration
These Science NetLinks resources provide a variety of rich media learning experiences to help students learn more about NASA and discover the history and future of space travel.
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TV / Videos

PBS Summer of Space
PBS Brings You the Universe All Summer Long The Journey Begins Monday, July 8.
space stationNASA TV
Stream NASA TV live.
Moon walkNASA Video Gallery
Massive searchable library of historical videos.
eMediaSpace Exploration in eMedia
The videos contained in eMedia are available to Utah's K-12 teachers and students through the Utah's Online Library.
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