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Hitting the Moon

In this lesson, students will learn about solar system orbits and how asteroids can become dislodged and sent on a collision course with the Earth. They will then conduct an investigation into the relationship between impact speed and crater size in the context of Moon impacts. This activity is differentiated for older students to bring in ideas of controlling variables. Finally, as a class you can simulate different impacts on the Moon using the down2earth impact simulator, and pass around the real Lunar return samples and Moon meteorite.

Curriculum links:

  • Recording data and results using tables.
  • Reporting findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations of results, explanations involving causal relationships, and conclusions.
  • Conducting a fair test.
  • Describe the movement of the Earth relative to the Sun in the solar system.

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