Moon Facts: Space And Planets

The Moon (or Luna) is the Earth's only natural satellite and was formed 4.6 billion years ago around some 30-50 million years after the formation of the solar system. The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth meaning the same side is always facing the Earth. The first unmanned mission to the Moon was in 1959 by the Soviet Lunar Program with the first manned landing being Apollo 11 in 1969.

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  • A full day on the moon, from one sunrise to the next, lasts about 29.5 Earth days on average.
  • No Man has been on the Moon in the last 41 years.
  • The moon is moving away from us by 3.78 cm (1.48 in) a year.
  • The original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing were erased and re-used by mistake.
  • Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • It would take less than 6 months to get to the Moon by car at 60mph (95km/h).
  • The beautiful symmetry of a total solar eclipse happens because 'by pure chance' the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but is also 400 times farther from Earth, making the two bodies appear the exact same size in the sky.

  • When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, they honored soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin by leaving behind one of his medals.
  • The Moon is not round, but egg shaped.
  • Our moon is bigger than Pluto and 1/4 the diameter of Earth.
  • People experience better sleep during the new moon and worse sleep during a full moon, a study found.
  • Of the six flags planted on the moon five of them are still standing.
  • Your weight on the moon is 16.5% of your weight on earth.

  • If there are two full moons in the same month, the second one is called blue moon.
  • The American flags placed on the moon are now white due to radiation from the sun.
  • Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on the moon.
  • Sending a man to the Moon and finding Osama Bin Laden cost the US government about the same amount of time and money: 10 years and $100 billion.
  • The Earth, seen from the moon, also goes through phases.
  • Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name was Moon.
  • A 2013 survey found 7% of Americans believe the moon landing was a hoax.
  • There is high-speed Internet on the moon: 19 MBPS.
  • Tortoises Orbited the Moon Before Astronauts Did: They Were Sent to Test a Russian Space Probe.
  • When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he carried with him a piece of the Wright brothers' first airplane.
  • The dark side of the Moon is actually turquoise.
  • During the Cold War, the U.S. seriously considered dropping an atomic bomb on the Moon to show off its military superiority.
  • If the earth didn't have the moon, our days would only be 6 hours long.
  • Jupiter has 67 moons, Saturn has 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14, Mars 2 and Earth just one.
  • Moon landing conspiracy theories were proven wrong in 2011 when a NASA probe revealed high-resolution photos of the Apollo Moon landing sites.
  • 11 of the 12 men who walked on the moon were Boy Scouts .
  • An apple didn't hit Isaac Newton in the head, but it did make him wonder if the force that makes apples fall influences the moon's motion around Earth.
  • Mankind has left 96 bags of urine, feces, and vomit on the moon.
  • In 1969, NASA possessed the technology to land on the moon but not the technology to fake the moon landings.
  • The flag erected on the Moon during the historic Apollo 11 landing was purchased at a local Sears store for US$5.50.
  • Moondust smells like gunpowder, according to astronauts.
  • Scientists estimate that the moon's width has shrunk by about 600 feet (182 meters) since the rocky body first formed.
  • Neil Armstrong claims he said "one small step for *A* man" when he set foot on the moon and that audio analysis of the recording backs that up and it's been misquoted this entire time.
  • Astronauts aboard Apollo 10 heard unexplained "outer spacey" music while orbiting the dark side of the moon.
  • About 18% of the far side of the moon is occasionally visible from Earth due to libration.