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Moon (Earth Satellite)


Interesting Moon Facts:
  • Only natural satellite of the Earth.
  • Mass is 1/81 of that of the Earth.
  • It is also in synchronous rotation with Earth.
  • The Moon always shows the same face toward the Earth.
  • The gravitational influence of the Moon produces the ocean tides.
Moon Exploration:
  • The Soviet Union's Luna programme was the first to reach the Moon using an unmanned spacecraft.
  • The Luna 2 mission, in 1959, successfully impacted upon the Moon's surface - the 1st man-made object to reach the Moon.
  • The Luna 3 mission, also in 1959, rounded the Moon & sent the 1st photographs of the far side of the Moon.
  • The Luna 9 mission, February 1966, was the first probe to make a soft landing on the Moon.
  • United States' NASA Apollo programme has achieved the only manned missions to the Moon.
  • Lunokhod programme (1970-1973).

Related Links:
Waxing or Waning Moon (Mnemonic)
Theia Giant Impact Hypothesis (Collision With Earth Producing Moon)



Tags:
Apollo Programme - Earth - Gravitation - Lunokhod Programme - Luna Programme - Moon - NASA - Ocean Tides - Satellite - Soviet Union - United States

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