…one giant leap for learning!
The world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of humankind’s most awesome achievements: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landing on the moon.
But the Moon landings and Apollo missions are something special. That famous step seems epic and yet intimate. 530 million people watched, enraptured, at the time and it continues to fascinate us to this day.
But there’s a world of politics, history, and science that led to that step, and beyond, into space.
So we dug into BrainPOP’s topics to help you provide a broader context to the ‘space race’ and how (and why) America put three brave men onto another planet for the first time.
Find out how it all happened in this BrainPOP movie, as Tim and Moby introduce you to NASA’s famous Apollo Project. Discover what--and who!--prompted the project, and learn why putting a person on the moon was so important. You’ll find out when the goal was achieved, and about the complicated spacecraft that got the men safely to the moon and back. You’ll also hear about a few missions that didn’t turn out so well, and discover why the program ended.
To fully understand why we went to the Moon, it’s worth taking a look at the geopolitical landscape of the time. Find out how the Cold War led to a major U.S. political policy called containment; the building of the Berlin Wall in Germany; and the “space race,” which greatly advanced human presence in outer space.
John F. Kennedy, the President at the time, was the man who considered winning the space race as key to keeping the United States ahead of the Soviet Union. Learn about the ups and downs of his presidency, from the disaster that was the Bay of Pigs invasion, to his strategic triumph over the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Of course, knowing about the destination might help! Discover what’s on the surface of the moon and learn more about the various historic missions to the moon.
Explore the history and future of space flight! Get a brief lesson on the physical forces that send spacecraft zooming into space and learn some of the main concepts of rocketry, including the all-important force called thrust.