Lunar Lander

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  • Lunar Landing
  • Moon
  • Mass

Topics

  • Lunar Landing
  • Moon
  • Mass
  • Thrust
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Gravity

Description

Can you avoid the boulder field and land safely, just before your fuel runs out, as Neil Armstrong did in 1969? Our version of this classic video game accurately simulates the real motion of the lunar lander with the correct mass, thrust, fuel consumption rate, and lunar gravity. The real lunar lander is very hard to control.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Explore how the lunar lander behaves on the moon.
  • Can you measure the value of the moon's gravitational pull?
  • Explore the relation between the force vectors on the lunar lander and the amount of thrust you apply to it.
  • Challenge: how many times can you successfully land the lunar lander in different locations before running out of fuel?
Version 2.04

Teacher-Submitted Activities

Conservation of Energy for Middle School A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Jefferson County Middle School Workshop MS Lab Physics
Earth Science
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS Other Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Earth Science
How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Earth Science
Chemistry
Biology
Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
HS
Other Chemistry
Biology
Physics
Solar System pHet Simulations Craig Reuter HS Lab Astronomy
Lunar Lander! Jamie Schoenberger MS Guided
Lab
Astronomy
Physics
Crash! Doug Spicher MS Lab Physics
Lunar Lander/ Fun Game Chris Lierheimer HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Lunar Lander; Let the Force Be With You Richard Polidoro MS Lab Physics
Universal Gravitation Sarah Stanhope UG-Intro
HS
Lab
Newton's Laws and the Lunar Lander sam wheeler HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Lunar Lander Activity Drew Isola HS CQs
Space Cadets Lunar Landing Showdown Michael Poynter HS Lab Physics

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Design Team Third-party Libraries Thanks To
  • Michael Dubson (developer/lead)