Moon News

The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. It orbits Earth at an average distance of about 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles) and has a diameter of approximately 3,475 kilometers (2,159 miles). The Moon’s surface is marked by craters, valleys, and ancient lava plains, visible from Earth as dark and light patches. Its presence and gravitational pull play a crucial role in affecting Earth’s tides and stabilizing the planet’s axial tilt, influencing climate and weather. Scientific interest in the Moon has been extensive, leading to its exploration by numerous spacecraft and six manned Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972, which resulted in the collection of lunar rocks and extensive geological data. The Moon continues to be of interest for scientific, commercial, and potential habitation purposes.