This Saturday, July 20th, is Moon Day and marks the 44th Anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon. On July 20th, 1969 the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. The astronauts spent over two hours on the moon’s surface and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar dust. It was during this time that Armstrong uttered the famous phrase, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have created this project to demonstrate the various stages of the moon. As the Earth and moon orbit the sun together, the pattern of day and night on the lunar surface constantly changes. There are 8 major phases of the moon, and you can view all of them right from home when you build your own Phases of the Moon project.
It is amazing to think of how much has been accomplished since that 1969 spaceflight. Here’s to all of the explorations and discoveries to come.