07.21.2019

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 11 MISSION CELEBRATED AT SPACE CAMP TURKEY

The 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission was celebrated at Space Camp Turkey with various activities during a special week titled “Apollo Week”.

170 students and teachers from a total of 6 countries, including Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, attended this special concept week, which was held on July 14-20. Throughout the program, participants had the chance to learn the mysteries of the Moon, which is the only celestial body on which human beings have set foot in the solar system, through hands-on training.

During the program, the participants learned about the positions of the Sun, Moon and Earth, the Eclipse and other scientific facts about the Moon with the Moon Phases calendar that they have designed while also attending other activities of Space Camp Turkey. During the Moon Observation with a telescope session, students who closely explored the surface characteristics of the Moon and the landing areas of Apollo astronauts with a 30 cm telescope also designed a Moon Lander using scientific concepts such as kinetic and potential energy transformations, gravity, air resistance, and aerodynamics.

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Moon Phase Calendar Workshop

In this activity, which was specially prepared for the Apollo Week, the participants made their own lunar phase calendars which shows the moon phase for each day of the year. Students who also used these calendars during the Moon observation had the chance to study the Moon up to its craters.

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Landing on the Moon

During the activity the campers design a Moon Lander. Students tried to ensure that the astronauts inside the Moon Lander, which are released by free fall movements from certain heights, remained within the lander without being affected by the shocks that would occur during the landing. Thus, they learned about scientific terms such as kinetic and potential energy transformations, gravity, force and motion, collision, air resistance, aerodynamics. By using engineering design processes, students had a great time trying to create a system that minimizes the impact of collision during the landing of the Moon Lander.

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Survival on the Moon

This activity encouraged the campers to explore new worlds and also learn how to survive in these new environments. The students compared the challenges faced by explorers through the ages, checking for prior knowledge about conditions for survival on the Moon. During the activity, campers took on the roles of astronauts who are part of a crew landing on the Moon in the year 2024. Campers were challenged to rank items for survival in this new world and develop a deeper understanding of space exploration. Campers learned how to rank the materials they have, in order to survive after a problem of the propellant of the Moon Lander.

Space Camp Turkey, one of the two space camps in the world, aims to provide a holiday experience that is beyond the dreams of the students and continues to do so with its 2019 summer youth camp programs. Among the Galactic Summer Camp programs, which start with the closure of schools and continue with different options and contents for different age groups, the camp that will take place in August 18-24 will be hosting the Future Explorers Summit as part of Space Camp Turkey’s distance learning programs.

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE APOLLO 11 MISSION?

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours 39 minutes later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. All three crew members returned to Earth after eight days in space.

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