Solar System/Moon

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The Moon of Earth.

Size[edit | edit source]

The Moon's diameter is 3476 kilometers, or 0.2764 times that of Earth. This makes the Moon far larger relative to its planet than any other planetary moon in the solar system. In absolute terms it is the fifth largest planetary satellite in the solar system.

Physical characteristics[edit | edit source]

The surface[edit | edit source]

The far side of the moon has a vastly different surface then the near side.

The maria and terrae[edit | edit source]

The enigma of the craters[edit | edit source]

Water in the craters[edit | edit source]

Seismology[edit | edit source]

Recovered lunar basalt.

Moonquakes[edit | edit source]

Internal structure[edit | edit source]

Magnetism[edit | edit source]

Atmosphere[edit | edit source]

Origin and evolution[edit | edit source]

Large impact hypothesis[edit | edit source]

Age of the Moon[edit | edit source]

The Conquest Of The Moon[edit | edit source]

Buzz Aldrin on the moon during Apollo 11. Photo taken by Neil Armstrong.