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You don't need to talk much about how we have explored the Moon. Two other people are doing that.

Be sure to look up and understand the significance of "synchronized orbits". It would be VERY important to your lifeforms.

You should concentrate on things like: 1) theories of its origins, 2) interesting features, 3) Difference between dark side and light side, ...

Leesonma 22:46, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Introduction: ..Is the Moon made of cheese? Clay? Or dust? Who knows? Well, many people say the Moon is made of rocks and sand. Is it really made of rocks and sand? Is it true? Besides that, what are the different features and sides of this moon-cake? Let's start on this adventurous mystery, shall we. Let's get serious now, only one person per seat. There should be a total of nine seats kids. By the way kids, the name is Maloon. Don't ask where I got my name from, you'll see during our journey. I hope you kids are ready to blast off in this bright yellow roller coaster. I can't wait to see the looks on you guys' faces when we get there. Yip-pee! Ready one, two, and three blast off!!

"Eeeekers that was a great lift off the earth." replied Armstrong. Aldrin tags along, "Whoa, can we do it again?" Look kids, "You guys will be feeling that through the whole journey, so don't worry." answered Maloon. Look boys and girls, let me tell you folks the deal about this Moon. This Moon is also known as "Luna". This is also classified as a terrestrial planet. Luna was pretty much named by the Romans.

"Armstrong, do you know the second brightest object in the sky?" asked Maloon. "Isn't it the Moon?" replied Armstrong. "Aldrin, do you agree with Armstrong?" I have to say, "Sir Maloon, I do agree with Neil, it's after the Sun too." "Okay, I want to know more, can you please go on Sir Maloon, please?" said Armstrong. Everyone knows that when you go outside at night you see the Moon but do you see it when its just finish raining? "No, because the clouds get very cloudy and that's when the Moon gets blocked right Sir Maloon?" said Armstrong. "Now, the distance of the Moon from the Earth is 384,500 km. For example, if you're using an objective diameter of 10 inches, the minimum crater would be observed at 0.85km. Who here has a telescope?" asked Maloon. "I do, I do! It's Silver and Blue, too" said Armstrong. "Give me your objective diameter?" "100." "Really?" "Yes, sir. It is pretty big telescope!" "Your kidding me right?" "Nope." "Well, I bet your 0.09km." "How'd you know that?" "The bigger your eyepiece is, that smaller your diameter will be." "I have to say this is really interesting!" Aldrin happy. "I sure am too, Sir Maloon! It's my favorite subject and I have to say this is one great experience so far!" Armstrong excitedly. Back to what I was saying folks, this Moon is a huge part of our solar system. I actually think the Moon is very interesting especially how the moon is 4.5 billion years of age.

"Wow, really?" said Aldrin in shock. "Heh, I'm dead serious kid, this cake has craters, tides, and phases. There are also lunar eclipses. As Aristarchus mentioned, that tiny explosive gas craters started forming. And so, Galileo and many early astronomers made telescopic illustrations of overlaying craters." Maloon explaining.

"Now remember, do not get mixed up; Galileo was the man who discovered that the Moon has imperfections." Maloon continuing. So therefore, tides only occur when the Earth, Sun and Moon line up. Newton was really the first person to introduce his explanation of tides. The time depends on the phase of the Moon. Each month has more than one phase name. As the moon rotates, the shape appears to change towards the Earth. Do you folks get where I am at?" Maloon asked. "I sureee do Sir Maloon, keep going!" said Armstrong. "Hold up there kiddo, not so fast. We need to be on the same page first." "Umm, Sir Maloon, I have a question." "Yes Aldrin, what is it?" "I have so much; I really just do not know where to start." "Are you confused Aldrin?" "No Sir, just so much I want to know about the Moon before we get there." "I have all day Aldrin and anyone else who feels the need to ask, just ask!" "And trust me kids, I know, heh." giggles Maloon. Sir Maloon, "Is the Moon made of sand?" asked Aldrin. "Actually kids, the Moon is kind of sand; more like lunar dust. Lunar dusts are particles that are smaller and much irregular. As a person steps on the moon, the sand on the Earth makes the shape of the footprint by the change of weather such as wind, water, and oxidation. The dust on the moon is pieces of broken rock from asteroid collisions. Pretty cool, huh?" explained Maloon. "And this is why there is no broken mass that can smooth off the exterior. So say it was a boot that touched the surface of the Moon, the dust particles will embrace with each other at once and form that retain shape or the print. Kids, the great thing is, it's all without water." continued Maloon. Armstrong with excitement, "That is the coolest thing I ever heard. I can't wait to mark my own, can we, Sir Maloon?" "Sure, in fact everyone can, if only you guys are patient!" exclaimed Maloon. "Sir Maloon, why do people say that the Moon is made of cheese?" "That is just what people say, but that's not true. Your parents and teachers probably relate the Moon as cheese, because if you look at a piece of cake it has holes, right? Well, the Moon has holes. And that is just the objects that are drawn into the Moon, that's it!" explained Maloon. "How about clay?" drilled Aldrin. "Remember when you guys were kids, and you had to make a volcano or some type of project that involved with some kind of natural disaster?" "Uh-huh." "Well, that is just a project made with clay or play dough." "I understand."

(Folks, look out the window)

"Yikes, are we almost there Sir Maloon?" "Hehe, kids you see that?.. "Wow, is the Moon always this bright?" asked Armstrong? "Hmm.. Easy. The Lunar brightness depends on the number of factors. The most important one is the phase of the Moon. The key word would be Albedo. Albedo is the reflectively moon, asteroid or celestial body that does not shine by its own light. Basically means, the amount of light that the surface reflects on in all directions." explained Sir Maloon. "A easier way to put it is which ever phase angle is seen, the brighter the Moon surface will be." "Sir Maloon, can you explain the light and dark features now?" asked Armstrong. "That is definitely another question I wanted to ask. But I guess Armstrong beat Me." replied Aldrin.

"Okay, the light and dark features come from what is called lunar eclipses. Lunar eclipses happen when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. In a lunar eclipse the Moon and Earth is lined up. But if they are not lined up then, it is called a partial eclipse. Let me ask you guys a question. How do you know if the Moon just went through a phase? Armstrong do you know since you have a telescope?" explained and asked Maloon. "I would say the moon changes its phase every night but that has to be false because, its a full moon all night long. And plus the Moon orbits us each month, right? asked Armstrong. "True, and so, that means whatever phase the moon is that's the position compared with the Earth and Sun changes through its monthly cycle." "So wait, half the Moon is lit by the Sun and the other half is in shadow. So therefore the different positions show us the combinations of the Moon's light and dark sides." Aldrin replied quickly. "And that I tell you fellow students, the phases of the Moon." Maloon proudly. "Not quite, Sir Maloon something's missing. So when we see quarter moons, is it because the sun is facing us side angles or right angles? Armstrong bravely. "It's right angles to the Sun." Maloon replied. "Crescent and Gibbous?" "Crescent moons are at 45 degree angle and Gibbous moons at 135 degree angle." "Hold on, so why do lunar eclipses only happen during a full moon?" "Whoa, hold your horses kiddo. Lunar eclipses can only happen when the Earth is between Sun and the Moon and this only happens a few times a year." "Wow kiddo your really getting the hang of this aren't ya?" "I'm sorry that I am going a bit to quick for your age mister." "Hehe, I might be old but I can tell you much about this cake I tell ya." "We sure do all agree, Sir Maloon." replied Armstrong. "Folks, we are almost arriving at the moon! Ready kids. Just hold on to your seats." "Sir Maloon, is it okay if we don't want to go on the Moon anymore? We rather just ask you questions." asked Aldrin. "Of course, now you kids can get out of your seats and follow me to the second to last floor. Line up. Everyone get in. We are going down kids." Maloon demanded. "That was an awesome feeling." "Yup, I agree." Kids, grab a snack and soda before you walk in." "Armstrong, look at this soda, its called Alien Spatter. It's good, too!" Aldrin shockingly. "Okay, kids sit around the Moon rug." "Now before we sit here and enjoy the view. Any other questions?" asked Maloon. "Seems like you are thinking about one Armstrong, what is it?" "What is the best place to see solar eclipses? asked Armstrong. "That would definitely be the Moon. Just because when you're on the Moon, you see the Earth doing an impersonation of a solar eclipse. So when you're looking at the Earth, the sun's beaming light is blocked. Hehe. Anything else?" "You're probably tired of us by now." asked Aldrin. "Hehe, not at all. Next year its going to be better, hopefully!" "I can't wait, Sir Maloon!!!" the fellow students. "Let's head up to the third floor, kids!" "Careful now!" "I just want to let you kids know, I enjoyed this Moon ride with you little boogers. Hopefully you kids, learn something from this experience as much as I did with each one of you. Come back again next year! Do aliens exist?" Sir Maloon smiling!

The End=)

1. Highlights

  • When the moon is present, the Earth is stabled, and so this leads to a stable climate over billions of years.
  • The facts and figures are known by the Ancients.
  • Bright highlands and darker plains.
  • Galileo and other early astronomers made telescopic observations of overlapping craters.
  • Second brightest object in the sky after the Sun.
  • Symbol
   * Crescent Moon
  • Lunar soil with last for about a million years.

2. Luna(Moon)- Description/ Statistics

  • Diameter: 3,476km
  • Moon to Earth: 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles)
  • Mass: 7.35 X 22kg
  • Equatorial radius: 1,737km
  • Mean density: 3.34gm/cm-3
  • Mean distance from Earth: 384,400km
  • Mean surface tempurature (day): 107oC
  • Mean surface tempurature (night): -153oC
  • Tilt of axis: 1.5424o
  • Equatorial escape velocity: 2.38 km/sec
  • Surface gravity: 1.62 m/sec-2
  • Rotation period: 27.03 days
  • Orbital period (Around Earth): 27.3 days
  • Surface Tempurature: 155o to 105oC
  • Moon's crust: 60 kilometers (37 miles)..thick
  • Magnitude: -12.74

3. History(Basic/Feautures)

  • A moon is also known as a natural satellite that orbits a planet.
  • Moons occur in all different viarities of sixes, forms, and numbers.
  • Moons are also a strong influence of their primary planet.
  • The Moon is believed that it was created when a Mars-sized body collided with the Earth around its early history.
  • The Lunar colonies were founded in the 21st century.
  • These people who live in these colonies still refer The moon as "Luna".
  • The mass in the Moon allows the Earth's gravity to stay in one lunar hemisphere so that keeps the moon permanently toward the Earth.
  • There were a few who were born on the born.
  • The lunar sky is always black.
  • The moons gravity is one-sixth of the Earth's.
  • Less dense than the Earth.
  • The Moons was also known to Luna to the Romans.
  • "Man on the Moon" has got his name from how the patterns of light and dark features.
  • The Moon's gravitational force generates the Earth to have tides.
  • Aristarchus reported that small eruptions of gas caused craters to form.

4. Orbital characteristics

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  • Perigee
   * Point at which an object in orbit around the Earth makes its closest approach.
     * 363,104km....0.0024AU (astronomical unit)
  • Avg- orbital speed: 1.022 km/s
  • Max- orbital speed: 1.082 km/s
  • Min- orbital speed: 0.968 km/s

5. Light/Dark Sides

  • The side of the Moon that faces Earth is called the near side.
  • The near side is characterized by large dark areas.
  • The light features are known as highlands.
  • This is known as the lunar hemisphere.

  • The side that faces the opposite of the Earth is the far side.
  • Only 9% of the far side is viewed from the Earth.
  • The tidal forces between the Earth and the Moon slows the Moon's rotation so that means the same side is always facing the Earth.
  • The far side of the moon is a great location for placing radio telescopes for astronomers because of the blockage from radio transmissions from the Earth.
  • Both of the near and far side of the Moon should be equal amounts of the Sun.

6. People; Born on the Moon


Neil Armstrong

   * July 20, 1969.Example
   * First man to walk on the Moon.
   * He was on the Apollo 11 Mission.
   * Knew the feeling of the effects of no atmosphere.
   * Radio communications were used because sound waves were a bit difficult around the medium air.
  • Buzz Aldrin
   * Went with Neil on the Moon.
   * Both Neil and Buzz, left footprints on the moon.
   * They also, planted an American flag on the 
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lunar surface.
  • Benjamin Bartholomew
   * Tycho City- A human settlement
             * One of the Lunar colonies
  • Dorian Collins
   * 2350s

7. Structures

  • Interior
  * Three major divisions
      * Crust's thickness varies from tens of kilometers in depth to 100km.
      * Mantle..average 70kms.
      * Core is between 300 and 425 km.

8. Similiar Names

  • The Moon
  • Luna
  • La Lune
  • Der Mond
  • The Lunar Colonies
  • Seleno

Recent Discoveries

  • Researchers found that there is water on the moon in ice and rock.
  • Moon has caverns or lava tubes below the surface.
  • NASA finds neon in the moon's atmosphere.Ttran 23:14, 13 September 2007 (UTC) September 13, 2007, Thursday

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