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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Our Natural Satellite

The light reflected from the Moon made me think I overslept this morning. At 4 Am EST it was nearly daylight. The urge to bearwalk was supressed. So were my canine longings.
Proper credit given to the website I culled this info from. My comments are at the end.
This is one of the most most beautiful pictures of the Moon I ever saw.

There are many interesting facts about the moon and trivia that may or may not be important to you. Some interesting trivial facts include:
We all know there was a man on the moon, but did you know that one stayed there. Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Geological Surveyor, who trained the Apollo mission astronauts about craters never made it into space himself, but this was something he always wanted to do. He was rejected because of medical problems. After he died, his ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft on January 6, 1999 and it was crashed into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999. Although this was done to see if there was water on the moon at the time, but ironically it gave Dr Shoemaker his last wish.

When Neil Armstrong took that historical step of "one small step for man one giant step for mankind" it would not have occurred to anyone that the step he took in the dust of the moon was there to stay. It will be there for at least 10 million years.

When Alan Sheppard was on the moon, he hit a golf ball and drove it 2,400 feet, nearly one half a mile.

In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believe that the moon is made of cheese.

The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth and thirty pounds on the moon.

How close can you get without completely running out of gas? Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds of fuel left when they landed on the moon.

Apollo 15 was the first mission to use a lunar rover. The top speed that was ever recorded in this 4-wheeled land vehicle was 10.56 miles per hour.

It is possible to have a month without a full moon. This occurs in February, but either January or March will have two moons.

In China, the dark shadows that are on the moon are called "the toad in the moon".

The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 382 kg in total
Facts About the Moon
The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of the Earth.

The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres

Only 59% of the moon's surface is visible from earth.

The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

When a month has two moons, it is called a blue moon.

One side of the moon is always facing the Earth.

The dark spots we see on the moon that creates the image of the man in the moon are actually craters filled with basalt, which is a very dense material.

The moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans it is also the only body that had samples taken from it.

The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was Luna 3 in October 1959.

The moon has no global magnetic field.

The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.

On the moon, there is no wind, light, or water.

(c) 2006 contact

Now for my comments.
The Moon does have light, same Sun as Earth.
Wind does affect the moons surface, Solar wind from Coronal Explosions again on the Sun. Traveling at 1 to 2 MILLION MILES PER HOUR!!!! Same thing that causes Northern and Southern "lights".

The first Men on the moon were predicted in the mid 1800's. They would leave from Florida, USA. There was to be three of them. The journey was almost precisely documented a century before it happened. Read Jules Verne.

Niel Armstrong was recently proven correct on the first comment ever made on the Moon. A voice data tape from 1969 proved he did in fact say "That's one small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind" Originally the "A" was not believed to be said.
However it was NOT a small step, the astronauts had to leap approximately 2 feet from the bottom of the ladder to the Moons surface!

The Soviet Union had a variety of ridiculous ideas to beat America to the Moon. One "Zond" spacecraft even carried a mannequin and a tape deck simulating a manned voyage!
Ok so I am a geek, get used to it. LOL.
Honestley I have always had a facination for the Moon, Space, and the various Space programs of the world. I believe our destiny is in space both in life and death (Heaven).


Blogger camojack said...

Cosmic, dude!!!

3:51 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

The moon HAS been awesome the last couple of nights! Great pic.

"One side of the moon always faces the earth."

Wow. Dude. That's heavy.

I think I need to put on some Pink Floyd and go ponder that for a while. ;o)

9:36 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

However it was NOT a small step, the astronauts had to leap approximately 2 feet from the bottom of the ladder to the Moons surface!

I coulda sworn you were gonna say... "they had to leap 238,800 miles from the earth to the moon".

(:D) Regards...

9:19 PM  
Blogger Island Girl TLA said...

I love the Moon.

My son, recently, while we were both out side, said, "mom, come here, look at this....its soooooo beautiful...."

He grabbed my hand, made me close my eyes, and lead me to the other side of the yard and said..."okay now open 'em....isn't it the most beautiful mom....?"

And it was. I even got a kiss AND a hug too.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

I think we've been Mooned!

10:57 AM  

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