The Moon is a huge ball of rock in space which orbits the Earth. On the Moon there are mountains and flat areas called 'seas', although there is no water on the Moon. The Moon's surface is covered in craters made by meteorites. The Moon does not have any light of its own. We only see the Moon when light from the Sun falls on it and is reflected back to us on Earth. This clip includes footage of the first landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

First broadcast:
12 October 2007

This clip could be used as an introduction to the Moon, as part of a larger topic on 'Earth and Space'. Ask the children to write or draw their impressions of the Moon after looking at various images online. How is it similar to Earth? How is different? What might you see if you visited the Moon? Is it smaller or larger? Could you live on the Moon? After watching the clip, children could add key scientific facts that they have learned to their work.