the moon

a big rock in the sky

the moon is the earth’s only natural satlite and was formed 4.6 billion years ago around 30–50 million years after the formation of the solar system. the moon is in synchronous rotation with earth witch means the same side is always facing the earth. The first unmaned mission to the moon was in 1959 by the soviet lunar program with the first manned landing being Apollo 11 in 1969.

The rise and fall of the tides on Earth is caused by the Moon: There are two bulges in the Earth due to the gravitational pull that the Moon exerts; one on the side facing the Moon, and the other on the opposite side that faces away from the Moon, The bulges move around the oceans as the Earth rotates, causing high and low tides around the globe.

the moon circumfrence at the eqater is 10,917 km Dameter 3,475 km 73,476,730,924,573,500 million kg the Earth Avrage Distince from Earth: 384,400 km Length of Orbit: 27.3 Earth days Surface Tempenture: -233 to 123 °C

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