The Moon: Our Only Natural Satellite


While we have gotten used to the presence of the moon during night time, we still don’t know a lot of things about it. There are several cool moon facts and we continue to get to know the moon better through explorations.

Being the only natural satellite of the Earth, several expeditions have been conducted to better know the moon. The moon is about 238857 miles away from our planet and it is considered as the fifth largest moon in the entire solar system. The moon, just like the earth also has several mountain ranges. Its tallest mountain is named as Mon Huygens which is roughly half as tall as Mt. Everest.

When it comes to cool moon facts at, gravity is always part of the things to talk about. Basing it on the experience of astronauts and the studies of experts, gravity is only one fifth in strength on the surface of the moon. We always weigh less when we are on the moon because gravity is not that strong compared to the pull of the earth. Because of lack of gravity, the people we see who are walking on the moon may look like they are hopping.

It was in 1969 that the first manned moon landing happened. It was the United States who first sent a man to the moon via the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong was part of the trip and he became the first man to land on the moon.

The pockmarked surface of the moon is also visible from the earth. When comets and asteroids collide with the moon’s surface, it leaves huge craters. The impact caused by the collision is so strong mainly because the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere to protect it.

One of the Cool Space Facts that we now know is that the moon doesn’t have enough water supplies. Because of this, it would be nearly impossible for man to survive living on its surface. Additionally, the temperature on the moon is very extreme.

It is so hot during daytime that it reaches past the boiling point of water. At 107 degrees Celsius, the moon can be scalding hot but temperature will abruptly drop at night. One can also easily freeze to death at night on the moon with temperatures at -153 degrees Celsius.

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The list of trivia and cool moon facts continue to grow as we send more and more explorations on its surface. We still have a lot of things to discover about our only natural satellite and the moon continues to influence the way we live our lives.