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Neil Armstrong Stepped on the Moon

July 13th 2021| Michael Mountford

Neil Armstrong Stepped on the Moon

Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon on the 21st of July 1969. As he did so, he spoke those famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

A camera was able to transmit the moment to around 650 million people who were watching on television.

Armstrong was closely followed by fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who described the Moon as “magnificent desolation“.

They spent 21 hours on its surface, including a sevenhour sleep, before returning to Earth.

History KS2 | Explorers: Neil Armstrong | BBC Teach

Neil Armstrong’s historic voyage to the Moon is explored in this short animated film for primary pupils. This could be used as a starting point for learning about the Earth and space. For example, learning how the Moon moves in relation to the Earth, or how gravity is different on the Moon compared to the Earth.

Neil Armstrong – First Moon Landing 1969

Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The Moon landing in numbers

  • About 400,000 people worked on the Apollo 11 mission
  • It cost NASA an estimated $25 billion (£20 billion) which in today’s money equates to around $152 billion (£110 billion)
  • The mission blasted off on the 16th of July 1969
  • It took four days, six hours and 45 minutes to get to the Moon
  • The lunar module landed on the Moon at 8:17pm UTC (Handily GMT is the exact same) on the 20th of July 1969
  • By the time the crew landed back on Earth, the mission had taken 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds
  • A total of 12 people have walked on The Moon
  • The last person to have walked on The Moon was in 1972

Steal The Moon

Now hold on Gru! As cool as it would be to steal The Moon, unfortunately, I don’t believe NASA have miniature moons to just hand out however they do have the next best thing and quite frankly I think it’s still pretty cool.

The STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), have six loan boxes available to schools for “Borrow the Moon” each containing the same types of meteorite and rock samples, investigation equipment, and guides.  To find out more about the contents please see What’s in the Box.  Hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, museums and astronomical societies throughout the UK have enjoyed the samples since the scheme began.

Space Academy STFC Borrow The Moon
What’s in the box?

Resources

We here at Teacher’s Pet already have a range of amazing resources all to do with teaching about Emmeline in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new Emmeline Pankhurst Resources created in conjunction with our Women’s History Month Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Who Was Neil Armstrong? Comprehension
Neil Armstrong lands on the Moon Comprehension
Neil Armstrong Moon Landing Fact Cards
Neil Armstrong Moon Landing Entry Log Writing Activity

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some help in teaching about Neil Armstrong.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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