We’re ‘Over the Moon’ Rock

We’re ‘Over the Moon’ Rock

Fancy owning your own bit of moon rock? Join us as we celebrate 50 years since putting man on the moon

The Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin

The Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin

Half a century ago on July 20, 1969, the first two humans landed on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin’s and Neil Armstrong’s steps made possible by a team of more than 400,000 men and women here on Earth. Can you name the poor third astronaut who few ever remember? Why not test yourself in the quiz below.  If ever there was an example of teamwork proving nothing is impossible, surely space flight to put a human onto that milky white sphere tops them all. Its all too easy now to take those early space flights for granted but you only need look at cars of the 60s to wonder how it was possible! As we continue to fight to save our planet from pollution and global warming, is it time again to look to the stars and appreciate what men and women can achieve?

Our very own moon rock pebble pets

Our very own moon rock pebble pets

Pebble pets get a ‘moon rock’ makeover

Throughout June and July expect Lunar fever to grip all nations as people around the globe plan parties and events to mark the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings. Madebymecrafts is no exception – we’ve released our very own limited edition ‘moon rock’ style pebble pets with golden crescent moon in honour of this special anniversary and some silvery ‘moonrock’.

moon seen from earth

My time in space

I was fortunate enough to visit the Kennedy Space Centre as a child. It was a dream come true as space and the stars always had a special fascination for me. Most girls my age had posters of film stars and the latest band craze on their walls. I had a map of the moon. My telescope through which I couldn’t see much beyond the birds nesting in the tree at the bottom of the garden was, nevertheless, a prized possession. An avid reader of science fiction too, I loved the infinite possibilities space seemed to hold. Star-gazing through my bedroom window facing out onto the dark, Somerset countryside was easy. Suffice to say, amongst my top 10 films are Apollo 13, Armageddon, Galaxy Quest and all the Wars and Treks of the stars. Don’t judge.

UK Space Agency

Astronaut Tim Peake. Photo courtesy of ESA

Astronaut Tim Peake. Photo courtesy of ESA

 

In the UK, interest in space enjoyed a resurgence when British astronaut and military officer Tim Peake, took to the skies in 2016. Whilst on a mission to the International Space Station he became the first official British astronaut to walk in space. Fully embracing his principle mission as well as taking part in over 250 scientific experiments, he focussed on educational outreach. The result – engaging more than 1.6 million schoolchildren across Europe in over 30 projects during his time in space. He even ran the London marathon using the space station’s treadmill!

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is collaborating with The UK Space Agency to share exciting developments in space exploration and space science with families, schools and communities across the UK.

NASA and activities in the US

Lunar module leaving the lunar surfance

Leaving the moon, the lunar module returns Armstrong and Aldrin to the command module and is then jettisoned into space

 

In the US, Space Center Houston is celebrating all things Apollo 11 this summer – with a particular focus on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 blastoff on July 16. They’ll take us through the mission’s conclusion when the astronauts safely splashed down back on Earth on July 24. From July 16-24, there will be Apollo 11-themed Pop-Up Science Labs and Mission Briefings on the Apollo 11 mission. Check out the special NASA Tram Tours featuring Historic Mission Control and so many more amazing and unique experiences.

GET INVOLVED!

Here are some fun resources we’ve put together to get you in the moon mood.

For little lunar fans Check out the awesome Moon Training Handbook for more info and lots of hands on experiments and demos for children and families at the link below

https://www.sciencecentres.org.uk/projects/50th-Anniversary-of-the-Moon-Landing/

Games here at Nasa Kids club https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

For the older lunar loonies try https://spacecenter.org/quiz-test-your-apollo-knowledge/

www.moon50.uk  blasts off in June

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NASA does not endorse or sponsor any commercial product, service, or activity. This includes the moonrock products contained within this blog.

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