Follow Paxi as he explores the Moon to discover how an astronaut would live there and all the things they would need to survive.
Paxi and Our Moon Phases and Eclipses
In this video, targeted at children aged between 6 and 12, Paxi explains the Moon’s phases and eclipses.
Launching Into Space. Bye Earth, Hello Moon!
How exactly does a rocket engine work? Learn about different factors that affect your space launch and how to design an aerodynamic rocket to the moon.
How To Fly In Space? Slingshot To The Moon!
Flying to the moon is tricky business, especially since you can’t just head in a direct line. How can you plan your trajectory to the moon?
Landing on the Moon
A manned spacecraft needs a soft landing, but it’s all in the timing. Fire up your thrusters and hope you’ve picked the right spot to touch down.
What is the best place to live on the Moon?
An entirely new landscape awaits when you land on the Moon. Will you choose one of the poles or dig underground – where will your Moon village be?
Radiation on the Moon. How much sunscreen do you need on the Moon?
Just one year on the moon maxes out the amount of solar radiation we can handle over a lifetime. What’s the best sunscreen for moon life?
Air on the Moon
Holding our breath isn’t an option on the Moon, we need sources of oxygen to sustain life. Let’s start by importing some plants to help us breathe easy.
Powering the Moon
A lunar day lasts for 14 Earth days, but night can be just as long. Is solar energy our best bet for powering the Moon base? And how do we make it last?
Meteors on the Moon. Sunny with a chance of meteor shower
About 180 craters appear on the Moon every year, not to mention being hit by golf ball-sized meteors all year long. How do we stay protected?
Building your own Moon home
The first Moon structure has a lot of roles to fill: a home base not only for sleeping and eating but for research and experiments, too.
What materials to build your home on the Moon?
When you think of building, you probably think of bricks – but Moon rock is an entirely different material. So what’s the best way to build on the Moon?
Food on the Moon
There are only so many groceries you can bring to the Moon, so how do you produce food in a place with no air? Here’s now to cultivate lunar food sources.
Waste management on the Moon
One Earthling’s trash is another astronaut’s treasure. We can turn waste products into valuable sources of heat and fuel, and recycled materials.
Water on the Moon
Since the Moon is as dry as Earth’s driest desert, we’ll have to bring water with us. The water recycling system used on the ISS can help our supply last.
What experiments can you do on the Moon?
The aim of the Moon mission is to research how to live on other planets. That means not only experimenting on the environment – but also on ourselves!
Robots on the Moon
Getting stuff done on the moon requires more effort than what the first settlers can manage by themselves. Robots to the rescue!
Local lunar sights
Top tips for an unforgettable Moon adventure include impact craters housing ancient organisms from the days of the universe’s creation.
Traveling on the Moon
How best to travel on the moon with rocks, boulders and craters in our way? And when settlements expand, what will our lunar infrastructure look like?
How to communicate on the Moon?
Even daily communication changes when living on the Moon. Without air to carry our voices, we might rely on lasers to beam our message home.
Would you live on the Moon?
Can you imagine how would it be to live on the Moon? See how, in the future, a day in the life of an astronaut could be.
Orion ESM – The European Service Module
What does it take to send astronauts into space? Learn how the European Service Module (ESM) Airbus built for the European Space Agency & NASA will power the Orion mission, providing electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen to keep the spacecraft ship shape.
3D-printing a lunar base
Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon?
This film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be.
Meet the experts
2019/20 Moon Camp winners webinar with ESA astronauts
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Luca Parmitano join the 2019/20 Moon Camp Challenge winning teams for a 1-hour webinar. Connecting from all over the world, the teams have their questions answered live by the ESA astronauts.
Resources on the Moon
It’s common knowledge that the Moon is a cratered ball of rock. Stunning as it is in the night sky or in photographs taken from orbit the landscape is barren, grey, dusty and dark. Are there other things to be found than meets the eye? Moon scientist Alexandre Meurisse explains which resources can be found on the Moon.
3D Printing on the Moon
We can 3D print just about anything these days, from tools and buildings to cells and even food. But that’s on Earth, where materials are readily available. What about in space or on the Moon? Could we 3D print a lunar base? ESA engineer Advenit Makaya walks us through the process.
Living on the Moon
The Apollo Mission proved humans can work on the lunar surface but the longest lunar spacewalk lasted a total of 22 hours. Could humans spend longer amounts of time on the Moon? How about live there, as they do on the International Space Station? Lunar technology expert Bérengère Houdou describes living on the Moon.
Future Moon exploration
Though it has been fifty years since humans first stepped on the Moon, we haven’t forgotten about Earth’s natural satellite. Several missions since Apollo have taught us so much about the Moon and have paved the way for humankind to return. ESA Moon scientist James Carpenter gives us an overview of these missions and future exploration of the Moon.
Join the Moon Camp Challenge!
ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer invites students all over the world to participate in the Moon Camp Challenge and design their own Moon settlement with a 3D modelling tool (Tinkercad or Fusion 360).
Moon Camp is an education project run in collaboration between ESA and the Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk and it is open to students up to 18 years old.
Webinar 2018/2019 – Where next? The past, present and future Moon exploration missions
James Carpenter, from ESA’s Human and Robotics Exploration Directorate, working in areas focussing on space exploration, will give an overview of the lunar exploration efforts that have been done so far and discuss why space agencies believe returning to the Moon is the next stepping stone in space exploration.
Webinar 2018/2019 – Design your own moon camp
Mark Chester, Autodesk Academic Partner and 3D Design Expert, will show how to use 3D modelling software to help you design your camp on the Moon.
One single webinar will be provided for teachers and teams applying to Moon Camp’s
2018/2019 Moon Camp Winners Webinar With ESA Astronaut Tim Peake
The teams behind the 12 winning projects of the Moon Camp Challenge 2018-2019 were invited to participate in a live webinar with European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake.
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