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The Moon Landing

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Louise McGivern

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of The Moon Landing

To listen to the story of the moon- landing

To learn about the chronology of events associated with the moon- landing

To understand the space race in the context of the Cold War

Think/ Pair/ Share

What do you know about the moon- landing?

What was the moon- landing?

When did the moon- landing occur?

Who was involved in the moon- landing?

What do you think it meant by a ‘space race’?
This was the competition between the Soviet Union and the United States regarding achievements in the field of space exploration.
What was the Space Race...?
The Moon Landing
The United States Of America and The Soviet Union were engaged in the Cold War between 1957 and 1975.
Space exploration was seen as necessary for national security and as a symbol of technological superiority. Tensions were high between America and Soviet Union after World War Two.
In 1961 the Soviet Union won the race with the United States to get a human into space, when Yuri Gagarine was launched into orbit around the earth on Vostok 1.
John F Kennedy
The achievements of the Soviet Union regarding space exploration prompted the United States to launch their space programme into overdrive.
In 1961 John F Kennedy set out the goal of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the 1960s. In the competitive nature of the Cold War the United Sates declared they would land on the moon.
The moon landing showed United States dominance over the Soviet Union. This event settled tensions.

The Soviet Union may have gotten a man into space first but JFK was determined to go one step further.
This was the first time a human being ever set foot on the surface of the moon.

Many people describe the moon landing as when "the human race accomplished its single greatest achievement of all time"
WHAT was the moon landing?
WHEN was the moon landing?
July 20th 1969
WHO landed on the moon?
There was a crew size of three men:

Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin

Michael Collins
The astronauts had to go through very difficult training to prepare themselves for the moon landing. They were suspended from a 400 foot wall for many hours. This created an environment similar to the environment which the astronauts would encounter when on the surface of the moon.
The Mission......
On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 8.32 a.m.

Apollo 11 was the name of the space flight which landed the astronauts on the surface of the Earth’s moon.

The space flight landed on the moon at 3.17. p.m. on the 20th July 1969.

The world listened as the astronauts struggled to find a suitable site to land Apollo 11.

Neil Armstrong found a landing site with just seconds to spare.

On The Moon
Apollo 11 had cameras installed to the craft that allowed Apollo 11 to broadcast TV pictures of the astronauts stepping down onto the surface of the moon.

600 million people around the world tuned in to watch this historic moment.

When the astronauts touched down, they had only about 20 seconds worth of fuel left!

Armstrong’s first words were ‘That’s one small step for man, One giant leap for mankind’.

Armstrong and Aldrin spent almost 22 hours on the Moon. About 2.5 hours of this was spent outside the Eagle, collecting rock and soil samples, setting up experiments, and taking pictures.

Buzz Aldrin described the Moon’s surface as like nothing on Earth. He said it consisted of a fine, talcum powder like dust, covered with pebbles and rocks.
An interesting fact….
There is no air, rain or wind on the Moon, so nothing disturbs the footprints left by the astronauts.

After The Moon Landing......
The crew landed on Earth in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th, 1969.

The entire mission lasted 195 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

Many experiments were carried out with the samples brought back to earth. This lead to future technologies being developed and opened possibilites for further space travel.

The moon- landing was a huge event for the United States and brought the country together. It is a historic event that will always be remembered.
What Went Well
How do you think you achieved the learning objectives of the lesson?
Think back to our WALT and discuss with your partner.....
What did you enjoy most and least about the lesson........?
Have you learned anything new......?


To listen to the story of the moon- landing

To learn about the chronology of events associated with the moon- landing

To understand the space race in the context of the Cold War

Thank you
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