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Things to Know About Our Moon

While we have gotten used to the presence of the moon during night time, we still don’t know a lot of things about it. We do have a lot of cool moon facts and there remains to be a lot of things to be explored in the moon.

Being the only natural satellite of the Earth, several expeditions have been conducted to better know the moon. The distance between the moon and the Earth is 238857 miles and it remains to be the fifth largest moon in the Milky Way. The moon, just like the earth also has several mountain ranges. Its tallest mountain is named as Mon Huygens which is roughly half as tall as Mt. Everest.

Gravity is always part of the cool moon facts. Astronauts have found out that on the surface of the moon gravity is only about one fifth as strong. We always weigh less when we are on the moon because gravity is not that strong compared to the pull of the earth. Because of this, they would appear to be hopping around when they walk on the surface of the moon.

The first successful moon exploration and landing happened in 1969. The United States was the first country to send a man to our natural satellite through the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong was part of the trip and he became the first man to land on the moon.

Even from afar, we always see the moon’s surface as pockmarked. The holes are created when comets and asteroids collide on its surface. Because the moon doesn’t have any atmosphere, these objects create a huge impact when they hit the moon.

The scarcity of water on the moon is one of the cool moon facts that the majority of scientists agree on. Because of this, it would be nearly impossible for man to survive living on its surface. This is on top of the fact that the temperature on the moon is very extreme.

Temperature on the moon during daytime is so hot that it is even past the boiling point of water. Temperatures can reach up to 107 degrees Celsius, which is enough to burn you alive. One can also easily freeze to death at night on the moon with temperatures at -153 degrees Celsius.

There are several other cool moon facts and trivia out there. While there remains to be a lot of things to discover about our natural satellite, one thing is for certain: the moon certainly has bearing on how we lead our lives.

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