The moon landing is an adventure Ballarat youngsters Izak and Rhys are just starting to discover.
Dana Street grade 4-5 pupils have delved into an inquiry on the universe and for Izak and Rhys, who have chosen to focus on the moon this week, it is handy timing.
They learned the first man to walk on the moon is American Neil Armstrong, who did so 50 years ago on Sunday (Ballarat time). As an added bonus, there is partial lunar eclipse lighting up the sky before school today.
The pair has been intrigued about what it would be like to visit the moon, like Armstrong.
"You'd be moving slow because you can't move quickly in space," Izak said. "You get to do normal things in a not-normal environment."
Moon facts they like to share are the surface would be more rocky, not cheese-like and the average distance to the moon from Earth is 384, 403 kilometres. But they were not sure how fun it would be to make the journey.
"It would be scary to go into the solar system because you might see aliens on neighbouring planets. Dad says there are definitely aliens," Rhys said.
They agree it was important to explore space to know what was "out there".
Classmates have also found Jupiter has 67 moons and Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is 50 per cent bigger than Earth's moon.
Wadawarrung elderMurray Harrison earlier this week likened watching the moon landing to his childhood American science-fiction comic strip hero Buck Rogers coming to life. Uncle Murray said it really sparked imagination.
Meanwhile, Ballarat Observatory has a growing number of activities on Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human on the moon. This will include a photographic exhibition, NASA footage, music and children's activities. More details here.
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