Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the surface of moon. Apart from an astronaut, he was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
Talk to the kids about the astronauts. These are people like us, who are also generally expert in several other science fields to be able to perform research and engineering related activities while in the space.
Astronaut training describes the complex process of preparing astronauts in regions around the world for their space missions before, during and after the flight, which includes medical tests, physical training, extra-vehicular activity (EVA) training, procedure training, rehabilitation process, as well as training on experiments they will accomplish during their stay in space.
The kit provided in your box provides a good idea of what all equipment are used in a real space program. Here are some of them below:
Moon rovers. A lunar rover or Moon rover is a space exploration vehicle designed to move across the surface of the Moon.
Satellites. In the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object that has been intentionally placed into orbit. These objects are called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as Earth’s Moon.
Saturn 5 rockets. Saturn V was an American super heavy-lift launch vehicle certified for human-rating used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. It consisted of three stages, each fueled by liquid propellants.
Gemini capsules. Project Gemini was NASA’s second human spaceflight program. Conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo, Gemini started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten Gemini crews and sixteen individual astronauts flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions during 1965 and 1966.
Apollos. The Apollo program, also known as Project Apollo, was the third United States human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which succeeded in landing the first humans on the Moon from 1969 to 1972.
Space shuttles. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system that was operated from 1981 to 2011 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Space Shuttle program.
Hubble telescopes. The Hubble Space Telescope (often referred to as HST or Hubble) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. This has been used in multiple projects including the one to estimate the age of the universe.
As an activity for Show and Tell on Friday learn the names of some of these members of your kit and talk about them on Friday. For role play, you can pretend to be an astronaut and pretend to be landing on the moon. The morning story by the teacher is also a good resource to talk about.