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The Moon, the natural satellite of Earth

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Uploaded on February 11, 2022

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The Moon, the natural satellite of Earth

2022-02-11 – In this video, we present some characteristics of the Moon, the natural satellite of Earth.

The Moon is a rocky body that orbits planet Earth. It likely formed when a very large (Mars-sized) asteroid struck Earth 4.5 billion years ago, very early in our planet's history. The debris from the impact clumped together to form our natural satellite, the Moon. This shared formation explains why Earth and the Moon are made up of many of the same elements.

(Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA)

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The Moon

The gravity on the Moon is 1/6 the gravity of Earth.

You weigh six times less on the Moon!

The distance between Earth and the Moon is 384,400 km.

Using current technology, it would take us three days to get there.

The Moon completes one orbit around Earth in 29.5 days.

Other than Earth, the Moon is the most explored celestial body in our solar system.

The first artificial object sent to the Moon was a Soviet probe called Luna 2.

It crashed onto the surface on September 14, 1959.

A Canadian astronaut is taking part in Artemis II...

...the first crewed mission to the Moon since 1972.

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