Suitable for years 6 and above
The program starts with a presenter lead introduction about the moon (approx. 10min).
- The Moon’s phases.
- How the Sun’s light illuminates the Moon and changes it’s appearance
- Relative size and distance of the Moon to the Earth
- Look at the current phase with planetarium software
- How the moon changes position in the sky each night as it orbits the Earth
- How the Moon affects the Earth’s tides.
- Solar and Lunar eclipses can be included.
There then follows a 25 min fulldome show…
Back to The Moon for Good
The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s, recapping what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbour including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivised competition to date, designed to democratise space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes.
The show highlights the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.