How We Used the Moon to Send Radio Messages

The Cold War presented some communication challenges to the US military. Because the conflict was before the launch of satellites, scientists focused on the earth's natural satellite, the moon, the bounce radio signals. A video lesson from a solar system playlist considers the benefits and challenges of using the moon to send radio signals to the other side of the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a Venn diagram to keep track of strengths and weaknesses of the communication model
  • Have pupils draw an example of a moon bounce signal, including measurements of length and angles
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a basic understanding of the behavior of radio waves
Pros

  • Uses animations as demonstrations
  • Presenter shows excitement about the concepts—very engaging!
Cons

  • None