On December 11th, 1972 Apollo 17 landed on the moon, and was the sixth and final lunar landing mission of the Apollo Program, and the last time any human has been to the moon. This week, take a stroll through history and look at the great history of all the Apollo missions, as well as what plans are currently in place for future lunar landings, and even a lunar base. Once the base is complete, astronauts could spend up to six months on the lunar surface, and could help usher in plans for a future manned mission to Mars in our lifetime.
Get the whole family involved! Check out the great lunar activities on the Sylvan Dell Webpage for How the Moon Regained Her Shape to learn about the phases of the moon and other great teaching activities.
On December 13th and 14th head outdoors to check out the annual Geminid Meteor Shower, the most reliable, and one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. A great thing about this year is that you need only stay up until 9 or 10 p.m.—when the moon has left the sky –to see some meteor action, though the shower really hits its stride around 2 a.m.. The Geminid Meteor Shower boasts a multi-colored display, so in addition to white meteors, you will also see yellow blue, green, and red shooting stars.
For a great book on meteor showers, check out the Pieces of Another World book or eBook on the Sylvan Dell homepage, and spend some time together checking out your own piece of another world on December 13th and 14th.