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OUR MOON: Virtually everyone can see the Moon, no matter where on Earth they are. Most everyone knows that the Moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth causes our ocean tides. But did you know that recent missions to the Moon have discovered the existence of Moonquakes, as well as water ice hidden in the permanently-shadowed craters at the lunar poles? The lunar samples brought back by Apollo astronauts have shed new light on how the Moon was formed—it is now thought that billions of years ago, a rocky impactor about the size of Mars hit the young Earth, and that the debris scattered by that collision orbited the Earth briefly before coalescing into the Moon. This spectacular mosaic was constructed from data obtained by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in December, 2010. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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