# Walking on the Moon

Wow — on this very day 52 years ago, people walked on the moon for the first time. Before that day, no human had never stood anywhere in the universe except on our own planet Earth. Since our moon is about 240,000 miles away, it took the astronauts 4 days to fly there in the Apollo 11. The rocket’s computer system was simpler than today’s phones or even some of your toys! Once the astronauts stepped out of the lunar lander, they walked around for 2 1/2 hours. They collected moon rocks and planted an American flag. They also did giant 2-footed kangaroo jumps, thanks to the Moon’s weak gravity. Check out more moon math below!

Wee ones: Look out the window. Do you see the Moon in the sky? If yes, what shape is it?

Little kids: If it took 4 days to fly one way to the moon and the same time back, how many days did the astronauts fly in total?  Bonus: Was the person reading this Bedtime Math problem to you already born when the astronauts landed 52 years ago? Find out his/her age!

Big kids: In what year did this famous journey happen, if it was 52 years ago today?  Bonus: If the Apollo flew exactly 240,000 miles in those 4 days, how many miles per day did it fly?

The sky’s the limit — for real: If the rocket that brought the Apollo had flown twice as far the 1st day as the 2nd day, which was twice as far as the distance flown on the 3rd day, which was twice as far as the 4th day, how much of the 240,000 miles did it fly on the 1st day?