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The Apollo X1 mission left a plaque on the Moon that says, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. / We Came In Peace For All Mankind.”

The Moon is 363, 200kms (225,745 miles) Distance from Earth.

A Moons day is 27.3 Earth days.

The Moon has a radius of 1,738kms (1,080 miles) and a diameter of 3,476kms (2,160 miles) it weighs 73.48 Quintillion Tonne (81 Quintillion [U.S.] Tons).

The gravity at the surface of the Moon is 0.1667KG/s2 that is one sixth of the Earth’s which is 9.8KG/s2 or g.


It has an orbital speed of 3,681 k.p.h. (2,287 m.p.h.).

It would take you 135 days to drive their by car at 113 k.p.h. (70 m.p.h.).

The flying time by rocket is 60-70 hrs.

Only 12 Men Have Walked on its Surface.

The Apollo missions brought back to Earth 2,196 of lunar rock samples weighing 382kgs (842lbs) in total. Most of it has not been analyzed.


The diameter of its widest crater is 225kms (140 miles) with its deepest craters being more then 4,572m (15,000ft).

It highest mountains is over 4,877m (16,000ft.)

The surface area of the Moon is 37,960,0002kms (14,658,0002 miles).

Only about 59% of the Moon’s surface is visible to us here on earth.

The Moon is not round but egg shaped with the large end pointed towards earth.


The Moon rotates about 17 k.p.h. (10 m.p.h.). By comparison, the earth rotates about 1,610 k.p.h. (1,000 m.p.h.).

Moonrise takes place approximately 50 minutes later each day than the day before.

The New Moon always rises at sunrise. The new Moon cannot be seen because the illuminated side faces away from the earth. This occurs when the Moon lines up between the Earth and the Sun.

The first quarter is at noon out time. The Full Moon always rises at sunset. The last quarter is at midnight.

We all know there were men on the Moon but did you know that there is one who stayed there? Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Geological Surveyor that educated the Apollo mission astronauts about craters. He never made it into space himself but it had always been one of his dreams. He was rejected as an astronaut because of medical problems. After he died his ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft on January 6th 1999, which was crashed into a crater on the Moon on July 31st, 1999. The mission was to discover if there was water on the Moon at the time but it also served to fulfil Dr Shoemaker’s last wish.


When Neil Armstrong took that first historical step and said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” it would not have occurred to anyone that the step he took in the dust of the Moon was there to stay. It will be there for millions of years because there is no wind on the Moon. That is, assuming an asteroid or the downdraft from rocket’s landing or upon takeoff back into space doesn’t destroy the print. Buzz Aldrin reportedly saw the American flag, much further away, blow over during launch. Nevertheless, any footprints made by the astronauts that are undisturbed by outside influences are there to stay.

In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the Moon is made of cheese.

The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the Moon weighed 82kgs (180lbs) on earth but only 14kgs (30lbs) on the Moon due to the lower gravity.

When Alan Sheppard was on the Moon, he hit a golf ball and drove it 731½m (2,400ft). He also left three golf balls sitting on the Moon.


Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds of fuel left when they landed on the Moon.

Apollo 15 was the first mission to use a lunar rover. The top speed that was ever recorded in this 4-wheeled land vehicle was 17 k.p.h. (10.56 m.p.h.).

It is possible to have a month without a full Moon. This occurs in February but either January or March will have two Moons.

In China, the dark shadows that are on the Moon are called ‘the toad in the Moon’.

The Moon is a satellite of the Earth; not a planet.

When a month has two full Moons, the second full Moon is called a Blue Moon. Another definition of a blue Moon is the third full moon in any season (¼ of year) containing 4 total full moons.


The dark spots we see on the Moon that create the image of the man in the Moon are actually craters filled with basalt, which is a very dense material.

The Moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans. It is also the only body that has had samples taken from it.

The first space craft to send back pictures from the Moon was Luna 3 (built by the Soviet Union) in October 1959.

The Moon has no global magnetic field.

The Moon is approximately a ¼ the size of the Earth.


Edwin Armstrong invented FM radio in 1933. The first men to use FM radio to communicate with Earth from the Moon’s surface were named Edwin Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

The first fruit eaten on the Moon was a peach.

The same side of the Moon always faces the Earth. (The Moon’s rotation period is synchronous with its revolution period around the Earth).

Because of a loss of orbital energy to gravity from the Earth, the Moon is very gradually moving away from the Earth at a rate of 39mm (1½ins) per year. In the early history of the Earth the Moon looked about 3 times larger in apparent size in the sky, because it was closer to the Earth.


The dark looking ‘seas’ on the Moon are really smoother and darker coloured rock that came from volcanic flows early in the history of the moon after most of the cratering had occurred. These dark spots are called ‘Maria’.

There are few ‘seas’ on the far side of the Moon (the side opposite Earth).

The Moon has almost no atmosphere, because of its weak gravity. All types of gas will escape from its surface. The surface temperature fluctuates from roughly 179 C (+ 300° F) during the 2-week daytime to -167.8 C (-270 F) during the 2-week night. This is because the atmosphere is not enough to keep the Moon warm at night, nor protect it from the Sun’s rays in the daytime.

Without an atmosphere, there is no wind or water erosion. The Moon’s surface is about the same now as it was eons ago in Contrast to the Earth. The astronauts’ footprints remain unchanged on the Moon’s surface and will until the Moon is struck by an asteroid.

The Moon is approximately one million times drier than the Gobi Desert.

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