THE MOON


 
 

     The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth.  It is visible to us because of reflected sunlight.  The Moon's diameter is approximately 2159.8 miles.  The distance from the Earth to the Moon is approximately 238,855 miles.  The Moon orbits the Earth every 27.322 days in a synchronous rotation.  This means that the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth.

     The Moon's very thin atmosphere is made up of helium, neon, argon and radon.  The lunar temperature fluctuates from -292 degrees F to 230 degrees F.  

     Ever wonder what the Moon phases are called?  

     If you say the Moon is 5 days old, that means it's 5 days after the new Moon.  

     If there are 2 full Moons in the same month, it's called a Blue Moon.

     Apollo Lunar Landings

Apollo

Landing Site

Date

11 Mare Tranquilitatus July 20, 1969
12 Oceanus Procellarum Nov. 19, 1969
14 Fra Mauro Jan. 31, 1971
15 Hadley Apennines July 30, 1971
16 Descartes April 21, 1972
17 Taurus Littrow Dec. 11, 1972
 
 

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