Landing on the moon – Planning and designing a lunar lander
In this set of activities, students will plan, design and build a landing module to secure the survival of the crew (in the form of an egg-naut) landing on the Moon.
They will explore which factors should be considered when landing on the Moon, in comparison to landing on Earth.
In the design of the lunar lander, students must take risk factors and budgeting into account.
Lesson: 2 hours and 30 minutes
In this activity, students will design and build a lunar landing module using simple materials. The objective is to design a lander that can safely land an egg-naut on the surface of the Moon. In their planning, students must consider the risks involved in a manned lunar lander mission and perform a risk assessment and a design study.
In this activity, students will test if their landers survive a vertical drop, keeping the egg-naut safe. They will describe the landing conditions and keep track of other factors that can influence the results. Optionally, students can film the drop and later use a video analysing tool to examine the acceleration.
In this activity, students will compare landing on Earth with landing on the Moon. They will investigate the different factors influencing the landing in both locations and the forces diagram. Further, the students will re-iterate the design of their lander on what they have learned during the testing.
Did you know?
Currently, space agencies and industry are working together to develop a more sustainable Moon exploration program. It should be noted that today we will still use part of the infrastructure created in the 1960s: test chambers, launch pads, mission control centres, ground stations, engineering knowledge, technology, materials and thus a lunar exploration program will be much more sustainable from the beginning.
Buzz Aldrin at work at the Eagle landing module on the Moon
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