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Came across a interesting article on space.com this afternoon. The article, titled "10 Surprising Moon Facts", was a perfect inspiration for a blog post. So, here we go counting from 10 down:
10: The Moon was created by a Mars sized rock slamming into Earth.
9: We always see the same side of the Moon.
8: Apollo 14 Astronaut, Stuart Roosa, brought 400 tree seeds to the Moon and then planted them on Earth. Therefore, around 400 trees on Earth are from the Moon!! :)
7: In 1999, scientists discovered a 3-mile wide asteroid caught in Earth's gravitational field; making it (kind of) a second satellite of Earth.
6: The craters on the Moon are the consequences of many collisions billions of years ago.
5: The Moon is actually shaped like an egg.
4: The Moon has moonquakes as a result of the gravitational pull of Earth.
3: Some scientists think of the Moon as a planet. As it is bigger than Pluto and only 1/4th the size of Earth.
2: Earth's ocean tides are caused by the Moon (and a little by the Sun).
1: Each year the Moon propels itself 3.8 cm higher in its orbit, meaning that it is constantly moving further away from Earth. Originally at about 14000 miles, it's now at 280000 miles.
So, with all of these facts in mind, what seem to be your favorite? Also, any others that you would like to add?
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