Moon Facts: Interesting facts about the Moon you never knew

1. No man has been on the Moon in the last 48 years.

Apollo 17 took the 11th and 12th people to the Moon’s surface and marked the Apollo program’s end in 1972.

2. The Moon is moving away from us by 3.78 cm (1.48 in) a year.

While 3.78cm may not seem like much, this small difference over a long enough time could affect Earth’s life, making the planet slow down.

3. We always see the same side of the Moon.

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This is because the Moon rotates around on its own axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the Earth, meaning the same side is always facing the Earth. The side facing away from Earth has only been seen by the human eye from spacecraft.

4. The Moon causes the rise and fall of the tides on Earth.

This is due to the gravitational force exerted by the Moon on the Earth.

5. Moon was part of the Earth.

A prevailing theory is that the Moon was once part of the Earth, and was formed from a chunk that broke away due to a huge object colliding with Earth when it was relatively young.

6. Moon doesn’t have its own light.

Although the Moon shines bright in the night sky, it doesn’t produce its own light. We see the Moon because it reflects light from the Sun.

7. The Moon is not round, but egg-shaped.

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The Moon’s shape is that of an oblate spheroid, meaning it has the shape of a ball that is slightly flattened.

8. Sending a man to the Moon and finding Osama Bin Laden cost the U.S. government about the same amount of time and money.

Both the events had cost ten years in time and $100 billion in revenue.

9. US government wanted to test an atomic bomb on the Moon.

During the Cold War, the U.S. seriously considered dropping an atomic bomb on the Moon to show off its military superiority.

10. The flag erected on the Moon during the historic Apollo 11 landing was purchased at a local Sears store for US$5.50.

Even though the flag is still standing, it has changed its color to white due to solar radiation.

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