• View of the Great Rift

    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Visiting the Moon - Without Leaving Idaho

Visit the Moon
 

Have you ever wondered what kind of research and preparation was necessary before people went to the Moon?

The series of activities presented here will take you to a very strange and unique area of the United States... Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. You will experience how the monument and the Snake River Plain of Idaho were used to prepare our lunar explorers.

You will go through some of the same training experienced by astronauts Alan Shepard, Eugene Cernan, Edgar Mitchell, and Joe Engle in preparation for the Apollo missions to the Moon. You will study some of the same volcanic features and then take a trip to the Moon, just like they did. You will then do something they were never able to do: visit other planets in our solar system and identify volcanic features.

Who knows where this training will lead? Maybe someday YOU will be the new space explorer.

CAUTION!

If you follow the links below your world may never look the same.

Timeline

ACTIVITY 1:

Who Wants to be an Astronaut?

ACTIVITY 2:

Slip-Slidin' Away

ACTIVITY 3:

Beyond the Moon...and Back...To Craters of the Moon

Instructors should refer to the Resource Page for additional information.

Terms, definitions and links can be found on the Glossary Page.

Thanks to:

Originator: Timothy J. Gunderson
Geology and Math Teacher, Burley High School

Funded By: NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium and Craters of the Moon Natural History Association

Did You Know?

Alan Shepard on the moon

In 1969 Apollo astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle and Eugene Cernan visited Craters of the Moon. They explored the lava landscape in order to learn the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon. More...