Landing a Man on the Moon: President Nixon and the Apollo Program

Take the small step for man and giant leap for mankind with the Apollo astronauts using primary sources. Young historians explore the documents related to the American space program up through the lunar landing, including presidential papers and photographs related to the mission. Discussion questions help them understand the impact of the moon mission not only on the space program, but also the Cold War.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the document analysis activity to discuss the significance of the lunar landing in American history
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have some understanding of the Cold War and Space Race
  • Class members need computer access to complete the activities
  • Primary sources are unique and engaging
  • Discussion questions help students make connections between different events and dynamics in history
  • Focus on Nixon may leave out critical events related to other administrations and the space program