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DPS Slide Set: A Sunlit Lake on Titan This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
DPS Slide Set: One Moon (Phoebe) Coats its Neighbor (Iapetus) in Dust This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
DPS Slide Set: Water Found on the Moon This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.
The Universe in the Classroom: What If the Moon Didn't Exist? The Universe in the Classroom is an electronic educational newsletter by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, for teachers and other educators.
Exploring the Moon This book provides background information about the Moon. It tells the story of the Moon's geological history and how scientists try to decipher the story. The background information may be useful reading for students as well. Classroom activities included promote problem solving, communication skills, and teamwork.
NASA Lunar Science Institutes These research institutes bring together lunar scientists from around the worlds to further NASA lunar science and exploration. Their websites have a variety of programs and materials for different audiences.
LPI Moon Posters This downloadable set of three posters, designed for students in grades 6-9, discusses the Moon's formation and evolution, how missions study the Moon, and future exploration of the Moon. Each includes back panels with information, activities and resources for educators.


Images
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MrEclipse Photos This site has incredible images of solar and lunar eclipses, as well as information about upcoming eclipses.
LROC Gallery LROC (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera), which is aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, is currently collecting data and returning an immense wealth of information in the form of images of the Moon.


Video
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Taking on Titan: Meet Carrie Anderson This video features Anderson's studies of the atmosphere of Titan.
LRO Observes the LCROSS Impact NASA scientists have revealed the lunar soil inside shadowy craters is rich in useful materials, that the moon is chemically active, and that it also has a water cycle. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, by observing the impact of the LCROSS spacecraft, helped contribute to these new findings.
Mini-RF: Your Time to Explore NASA's Mini-RF radar instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is searching for ice on the Moon in previously unexplored areas.
Lunar Eclipse Essentials This site has SVS videos and animations of lunar eclipses, lunar phases, the light scattering during a lunar eclipse, the eclipse as seen from the Moon, and more.
Our World: Moons In Our Solar System Did you know astronomers have identified more than 300 moons in our solar system? Follow the NASA missions to learn about these unique bodies in space.
Evolution of the Moon This video covers the Moon's geologic history, in a variety of formats, including 3D, and with and without narration.


Animation
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Planets in Motion: Lunar Phases There are a variety of animations of the Moon orbiting Earth, and of eclipses on this site (scroll halfway down) downloadable for use in education. There is also an animation of the Jovian system of Galilean moons on this page.
Lunar Eclipse Essentials This site has SVS videos and animations of lunar eclipses, lunar phases, the light scattering during a lunar eclipse, the eclipse as seen from the Moon, and more.


Podcast
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Dr. Mark Showalter: "Saturn's Restless Rings: Latest Results from the Cassini Mission" Dr. Showalter, a key member of the Cassini science team, shares some of the marvelous results from Saturn and recent discoveries from the mission. His special focus is Saturn's complex and beautiful ring system and the remarkable interactions between Saturn's rings and moons.
The One Ring of Saturn This video describes a newly discovered dark dust ring of Saturn, significantly larger than the others and visible in infrared light.
Planetary Rings Saturn is best known for its rings. This huge and beautiful ring system is easy to spot in even the smallest backyard telescope, so you can imagine they were a surprise when Galileo first noticed them. But astronomers have gone on to find rings around the other gas giant worlds in the Solar System -- the differences are surprising.
Uncommon Moons New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that moons like Earth's -- that formed out of tremendous collisions -- are uncommon in the universe, arising at most in only 5 to 10 percent of planetary systems.


Interactives
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Cassini-Huygens UVIS Interactive Compare the spectra of Saturn's rings and Titan to determine their primary compositions.
StarDate Online: Moon Phases This tool displays the approximate Moon phases for any month.
Moon Globe This rotating globe is zoomable, and additional information is provided for a variety of locations.


Networks
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MyMoon The public is invited to join this community, vote on contests, add their own blogs and comments to blogs, and more.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.
Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
Moon Zoo Participants in this citizen science project, classifying lunar images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, form an online community, with blogs and forum discussions.

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