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Exploring craters


There are lots of craters on the moon but there are also 410 named craters on Mercury!  Most are named after famous writers, artists and composers.  Craters are created when a rock crashes into the surface of the moon/planet. 


You will need:


  • A range of different sized/ weighted objects – marbles/ pebbles etc.
  • Materials to test – flour/ sand/ mud etc.


What to do:


Put your flour/ sand etc into a container.


Stand next to it and drop pebbles into the container. 


Can you see the crater it creates?


Experiment with different objects and dropping them from different heights.



How could you create the biggest crater?



These photos are for you to look at on the screen.  They show pictures of craters on the moon.

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