Earth's Wild Ride

Family and Grades 3-6

In this 30-minute OmniDome program a grandfather and his grandchildren watch a solar eclipse from the scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the grandchildren know, and the Earth where the grandfather has spent most of his life.

Through his stories the grandfather takes audiences on a dizzying wild canyon ride, to an ice age blizzard with a woolly mammoths, and back in time to where the dinosaurs lived. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.

Earth’s Wild Ride is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except “the old country” is really another planet – always visible from the moon base.

Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA’s Immersive Earth Project.

Next Generation Science Standards
MS. ESS-SS: ESS1. A and ESS1. B

For more information on the subject, click on one of the links below. View the phases of the moon at any time on any date, site maintained by the U. S. Navy Observatory.
The Lunar Exploration page by the National Space Science Data Center. The Center for Science Education at U. C. Berkeley Space Science Laboratory home page with a link to the Science Education Gateway, Lesson Plans Maintained by the Burns Telecommunications Center, this page links to educational activities and classroom resources. School/Student links from the ClearSail student fun and research site This California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory site for kids offers information and activities. This Discovery Channel education site allows teachers to search for lesson plans by grade and subjects. Sponsored by The U.S. Department of Education's National Library of Education and ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, this site offers lesson plans for all subjects and all grades. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory web site A site about our solar system maintained by the Solar System Dynamics Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Hawaiian Astronomical Society’s home page The National Space Society webpage Learn what’s going on TODAY in astronomy on the “Star Date” web page, maintained by the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory

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