Explore the Moon with The Open University

The Open University is the Festival's Knowledge Partner.

Inspired by Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon, which was presented in the Tree Cathedral, The Open University has shared a series of OpenLearn Moon-related articles.  

The articles are all suitable for informal learners - and are not all science-based. One of them is Moon music, which was commissioned by The Open University’s School of Physical Sciences as part of a SciArt collaboration. 

The School of Physical Sciences at The Open University has a long history of scientific research and exploration of the Moon.

Open University scientists have worked on lunar samples collected by Apollo astronauts, as well as meteorites that have landed as rocks on Earth originating from the Moon. They have analysed these samples in their world-leading scientific laboratories to find out about the formation and evolution of the Moon since it was formed over four billion years ago.

They are also looking into the future to find out how future astronauts might survive in a permanent human base on the lunar surface to enable further exploration of the Moon and also to support journeys deeper into space.

The following lists 10 of the Open University’s OpenLearn Moon-related articles.  

Apollo 11 and 50 Years of Research on Moon Rocks
Professor Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration in the School of Physical Sciences:

Use a Virtual Microscope to Explore Moon Rocks collected from the First Moon Landing
Professor Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration in the School of Physical Sciences and Dr Andy Tindle, Visitor to the School of Planetary Sciences: explore-moon-rocks-collected-the-first-moon-landing

To the Moon and Beyond
Tara Hayden of the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University, explores the Apollo legacy and the future of human exploration:

Apollo 11’s ‘one small step’ sparked a new rush to reach the Moon
Professor Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration in the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University: 

What does Moon music sound like?
Listen to the Earth’s Reflection – a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Yazz Ahmed in collaboration with Dr Mahesh Anand:
Read about Yazz Ahmed: yazzahmed.com

How was the Moon made, and when did it happen?
Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences: 

Prospecting for water on the Moon
The last 50 years of lunar science have taught us that the Moon still holds many mysteries. Dr Simeon Barber explores prospecting for water on the Moon: 

Clavius - a Lunar Mystery
Dr Alan Cayless is a physicist and astronomer with The Open University, Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research: 

Margaret Hamilton: Spaceship Programmer and Software Pioneer
By Dr Sandi Cayless, a freelance author of science fiction and a science writer. Her fields of work and research publications have included health, microbiology, public health engineering, paleopalynology and soil sedimentology, and health and safety in the built environment: margaret-hamilton

Moons of our Solar System
The Open University's Moons OpenLearn free 8-week course:

Moons: Explore The Open University’s Collection
Courses, articles, videos, audios and interactive features on Moons: 

With thanks to The Open University, the Festival's Knowledge Partner