Science Of Space Exploration And Identification Of The Moon

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Is there a single person who has not been over the moon? Who has not reached for the moon, mooned over someone, or promised the moon away? Every once in a blue moon, one might find a person who has seemingly hung the moon and stars. Yet we know far more about Earth’s lunar companion than just the idioms associated with it. Humans have been observing the moon for thousands of years. Scientists have been documenting, discovering, and debating this body for ages. Centuries of research have catalyzed discussion concerning the Moon’s origin, innovative development of space exploration, and identification of the Moon’s features. By addressing and analyzing scientist’s data on these topics – lunar formation theories, moon landing missions, and specific lunar features – we may gain further understanding of the history and characteristics of Earths’ Moon. Five main theories exist to explain how Earth attained its moon. The first suggests that the Moon formed somewhere else in the solar system. Then Earth’s gravitational pull disrupted the Moon’s original orbit, capturing it and locking it in a new orbital path. While this theory does explain how the Moon came to revolve around the Earth, it does not give specific information about its actual formation. Senior writer for Space.com, Mike Wall (2014), points out a few flaws in this hypothesis, “the most serious” problem being the “geochemical similarity” of the Earth and Moon (Capture, para. 2). If the moon had formed far away from

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