NASA's LCROSS: Mission: Science Results Collection


NASA's LCROSS mission successfully impacted the Cabeus Crater near the south pole of the Moon on 9 October 2009 to search for water ice. The impact of the Centaur upper stage of the launch vehicle was observed by the LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft which was equipped with nine instruments to observe the resultant impact plume that was lofted above the lunar surface.

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Resources in “NASA's LCROSS: Mission: Science Results” Collection

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Archive: NASA's LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) Mission: Science Results, January 31, 2010 Web Seminar Archive Web Page
Cratering the Moon

NASA Quest Challenge Educator Guide

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Educational Disk Program

This program consists of six samples of lunar material (three soils and three rocks) encapsulated in a six-inch diameter clear lucite disk. The disk is accompanied by written and graphic descriptions of each sample in the disk; a film; a sound and slide presentation (schools will receive a filmstrip in lieu of slides); a teacher workbook; and additional printer material.

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Ice Zones: Where We Look

In this 30 minute activity, children, ages 8 to 13, draw conclusions about where on a planetary body scientists might look for ice — and why. They use a clay ball, ice cubes, and a heat lamp to model the permanently-shadowed polar regions of planets and moons that may harbor ice. They learn that our Moon and even Mercury may have areas with ice!

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NASA Explorer Schools

Virtual Campus

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NASA Teaching Materials

NASA Explorer Schools provides full support for a growing list of NASA education products designed to excite and inspire students in grades 4-12 by involving them in authentic NASA problems, often using NASA data. Currently, NES will be offering twenty classroom activities and lessons (10 middle school, 10 high school) built around NASA’s unique missions.

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NASA's LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) Mission: Science

January 31, 2011, Web Seminar Archive

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January 31, 2011, PowerPoint Presentation

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Podcast: Living and Working in Space: Habitat: Habitats Needed for the Moon and Mars Podcast M4V File
Podcast: Lunar Exploration: Mapping the Moon: Can Ice be On the Moon Podcast M4V File
Podcast: Mapping the Moon: Simulating LOLA in the Classroom: Search for Lunar Ice Podcast M4V File
The GAVRT program

The GAVRT program allows you and your students to operate a 34 meter (112 foot) radio telescope from your classroom. Partnered with scientists and other observatories from around the world, you will do real research and exploration.

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