Everything Around The Moon! A 50 years since Apollo 11 celebration. Why do we see the moon in the day? Why haven’t people been to the moon since Apollo 17? How do astronauts see in the dark?


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Everything Around The MOON! July the 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of when humans first landed on the moon! Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins made it to the moon. Mike Collins stayed in the command module and Buzz and Neil walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong strode out first and said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

I saw the boot he was wearing in the Smithsoanian Museum in Washington DC and wrote about it in my book, The Secret Museum, if you want to know more. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Museum-Molly-Oldfield/dp/0007455283

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago we’re going to answer three question about the MOON and ASTRONAUTS! PLUS you can win tickets to do family yoga under a huge MOON at the Natural History Museum in London this summer!

Our first question comes from Wilbur, he would like to know:

Why do we see the moon in the day?

To answer it I have Professor Sara Russell who is a planetary scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and knows all about the moon!

Next up is Tommaso, who asks:

Why haven’t people been to the moon since Apollo 17?

Find out all the things left on the moon by the Apollo astronauts, what a moon tree is and why the Apollo missions came to an end. Or have they?! What’s next for man’s adventures to the moon?

Our third question is about astronauts and comes from Felix! He would like to find out:

How do astronauts see in the dark?

Professor Sara Russell from the Natural History Museum tackles this one again! She tells us about the gold sunglasses astronauts wear in space and how actually its surprisingly bright in space during the day.

Plus you can win family tickets to do yoga under Museum of the Moon, a huge moon made by an artist named Luke Jerram at the Natural History Museum in London.

A huge thank you to Professor Sara Russell for telling us all about The Moon and how astronauts see in the dark, to The Natural History Museum in London for tickets to family yoga at the moon and of course to Tommaso, Felix and Wilbur for this week’s lovely questions!

I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.

Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can!

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Don’t forget to look up at the moon at night, especially tomorrow and imagine what it was like for the Apollo astronauts to visit the moon!

Thank you, and GOODBYE! X

Natural History Museum Family yoga at Museum of the Moon - https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/family-yoga-classes.html

Professor Sara Russell: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/space-researcher-over-the-moon-about-her-work.html

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