The Moon

The Moon (or Luna) is the only natural satellite on Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago about 30-50 million years after the formation of the solar system. The Moon is located in a synchronous rotation with the earth, which means that the same side always faces Earth. The first unmanned mission to the moon was in 1959 by the Soviet Lunar Program with the first inhabited landfall of Apollo 11 in 1969.


Diameter:3,475 km
Orbits:The Earth
Mass:7.35 × 10^22 kg (0.01 Earths)
Orbit Distance:384,400 km
Surface Temperature:-233 to 123 °C
Orbit Period:27.3 days

The dark side of the moon is a fairy tale.

In fact, the moon sees the same amount of sunlight, yet only one face of the moon can be seen from Earth. This is because the moon revolves around its axis at the exact same time it takes in Earth’s orbit, meaning that the same side always faces Earth. The side that faces far from the earth has only seen the human eye of the spacecraft.

The moon is moving away from the earth.

The moon moves approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet each year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for about 50 billion years. By that time, the moon will take about 47 days to circumnavigate Earth instead of 27.3 days.

The reason for the rise and fall of the tides on Earth is due to the moon.

There are two kinds of bloating in the Earth because of the gravitational pull of the moon, one on the side facing the moon, the other on the other side facing away from the moon, and the puffing around the ocean as the earth turns, causing high and low tide around the world.

The moon has earthquakes.

These occur because of gravity pulling the earth. Lunar astronauts used seismic monitoring in their visits to the moon and found that small earthquakes occurred several kilometers below the surface, causing ruptures and cracks. Scientists believe that the moon has a fused heart, just like the earth.

The moon has only walked by 12 people. All American males.

The first person to set foot on the moon in 1969 was Neil Armstrong on mission Apollo 11, while the last person to walk on the moon in 1972 was Sirnan on mission Apollo 17. Since then, the moon only visits unmanned vehicles.

Anyone who weighs much less on the moon.

The moon has a much weaker weight than the Earth because of its smaller mass, so it will weigh about a sixth (16.5%) of your weight on Earth. This is why the moon astronauts may jump and approach very high in the air.

The moon does not have an atmosphere.

This means that the moon surface is unprotected by cosmic rays, meteorites and solar wind, and has enormous temperature changes. The absence of the atmosphere means that no sound can be heard on the moon, and the sky always looks black.

It was the first spacecraft to reach Luna 1 in 1959.

This was a Soviet ship launched from the Soviet Union. Passed at 5995 km from the moon surface before going into orbit around the sun.

It was the first spacecraft to reach Luna 1 in 1959.

This was a Soviet ship launched from the Soviet Union. Passed at 5995 km from the moon surface before going into orbit around the sun.

The Moon is the fifth largest natural satellite in the solar system.

The moon’s diameter is 3,475 km, much smaller than Jupiter’s and Saturn’s main satellites. The earth is about 80 times the size of the moon, but both are about the same age. The prevailing theory is that the moon was once part of the earth, formed from a piece that was separated by the presence of a huge object that collided with the ground when it was relatively small.

The moon will be visited by a man in the near future.

NASA plans to return astronauts to the moon to create a permanent space station. Humankind may return to the moon in 2019 if things go according to plan.

During 1950, the United States considered a nuclear bomb on the moon.

The secret project during the Cold War period known as the “Lunar Flight Study” or “Project A119” was meant to show power at a time when it was late in the space race.

Phases Of The Moon