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This webpage contains an applet that simulates the control of a Lunar Lander. The user is must touch down gently on the lunar surface. Key commands control the thrust and the orientation of the Lander. Extra points for soft and difficult landings. The simulations shows the altitude, velocity, and thrust of the Lander.
This page also contains sample learning goals as well as user-submitted ideas and activities for use with the simulation.
This is part of an extensive and growing collection of research-based learning applets covering a large range of physics.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Space Exploration
= Human Exploration
= Robotic Exploration
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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Additional Information
Physics To Go This resource was featured by the Physics To Go collection from February 1, 2007 until February 14, 2007. View the feature here!
Nucleus This resource was featured by the Nucleus collection from April 28, 2008 until May 28, 2008. View the feature here!

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© 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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acceleration, dynamics, force, lunar, moon
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created January 25, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated:
August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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March 9, 2007
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(PhET, Boulder, 2007), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/lunar-lander).
PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander (PhET, Boulder, 2007), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/lunar-lander>.
APA Format
PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander. (2007, March 9). Retrieved June 16, 2024, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/lunar-lander
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander. Boulder: PhET, March 9, 2007. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/lunar-lander (accessed 16 June 2024).
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PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander. Boulder: PhET, 2007. 9 Mar. 2007. 16 June 2024 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/lunar-lander>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {16 June 2024}, Month = {March 9, 2007}, Year = {2007} }
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