Far-Out Guide to the Moon

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Earth has Many Man-Made Satellites that travel around it. But the Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. The Moon is also the only place in our solar system, aside from Earth, that astronauts have visited.

Spacecraft and astronauts have visited the Moon to find out more about it. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and far-out facts about the Moon.

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Overview

Earth has Many Man-Made Satellites that travel around it. But the Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. The Moon is also the only place in our solar system, aside from Earth, that astronauts have visited.

Spacecraft and astronauts have visited the Moon to find out more about it. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and far-out facts about the Moon.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Lovely Luna—our familiar but still mysterious satellite—is explored in this entry in the "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, offering a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that humans have studied the moon for millennia, observing its phases, eclipses, and the motion of tides caused by Moon's gravity; many spacecraft and twelve astronauts have already landed there. Now astronomers are concentrating on three questions: What causes moonquakes? How much water ice is on the Moon? How did the Moon form? Scientists believe answers to the first two are vital to putting humans on the Moon. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that, though most moonquakes are weak, several powerful recent quakes would have damaged a moon base. Lately, scientists believe the Moon may have formed after a huge object slammed into Earth. Three pages of "Moon Fast Facts" add more information; for example, kids can see photos of the Moon's phases from dark to full and back again. A "Moon Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about the discovery of water ice in dark craters of the Moon, perhaps enough to assist in establishing a moon base. What's next for the Moon? Though many nations (including Japan, China, and India) have planned Moon missions for this Lunar Decade, glitches and economic problems are delaying them. NASA's Constellation program has been severely cut [not mentioned] and some scientists are even questioning the usefulness of another Moon landing. Illustrations are color photos where possible and computer-generated drawings. Included are a helpful glossary, a bibliography, and a list of websites about Moon missions and exploration. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Where did the Moon Come From? 10

Moon at a Glance 22

Fast Facts about the Moon 23

Moon Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 26

Chapter 2 Looking for Lunar Ice 29

Chapter 3 What's Next for the Moon? 36

Words to Know 44

Find out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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