Moon Facts: 5 Surprising Things to Know About the Earth’s Satellite

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By: Alexandra Flahive | Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 2:41 PM, Jul 24, 2018

The moon will slip into Earth’s shadow on July 29, turning blood red during the lunar eclipse. It’s the last one this year, and the longest one this century. In light of this celestial show, here are five things you didn’t know about the moon.

1. Trash on the Moon

The first thing you didn’t know about the moon? There’s trash on it – about 500,000 pounds worth. Most of this lunar litter was left behind by unmanned missions and astronauts who visited during the Apollo program. Among the junk is a gold olive branch, hammer, and human waste.

2. No Dark Side of the Moon

Next despite what Pink Floyd may say, the “dark side of the moon” is a myth. In reality, both sides see the same amount of sunlight.

3. Moonquakes

The third thing you didn’t know about the moon is it experiences quakes, or moonquakes. There are at least four different kinds. Data was gathered thanks to a seismometer left behind during an Apollo mission.

4. Almost Site of Nuclear Explosion

Fourth, it was almost the site of a nuclear explosion. In the 1950’s, during the Cold War, the U.S. government considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the surface as a show of force. The plan was scrapped, and the focus shifted to putting a man on the moon – which finally happened in 1969 when Neil Armstrong took his infamous steps.

5. Man’s Ashes on the Moon

The last thing you didn’t know about the moon is there’s a dead guy up there. But he’s not an astronaut, and was rejected from the program!  Eugene Shoemaker, a pioneer in the field of planetary science, was so revered that his colleagues arranged for his ashes to be brought there in 1999. Shoemaker, who said his biggest regret in life was not going to the moon, and finally got his wish – even if it was his last one.

And that’s five things you didn’t know about the moon.

 

 

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