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Ideas about the existence of life on the moon have evolved throughout history. In the 17th century, Galileo's observations suggested the moon could be inhabited, leading to fictional speculations about lunar life. In the 19th century, stories were published claiming the discovery of various creatures, including human-bats. The Apollo missions in the 20th century explored the possibility of life there, but further exploration showed this idea to be less likely than before. Read and explore the history of human speculation of life on the moon here.
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Anyone who has visited large bodies of water virtually anywhere on Earth notices low and high tides occur at regular intervals, a process primarily driven by the moon’s gravitational pull. Because gravity grows weaker the farther objects are...
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From modulating our tides to impact our climate, Earth's lone natural satellite plays a key role forming the planet's habitat. Before diving into the rest of the resources on this page, check out NASA's overview of the basics of the Moon—how it got its name, its size and distance from Earth, its structure, and much more.
On the night of July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped down the ladder of the Lunar Module onto the surface of the moon, pronouncing one of the most famous quotes in human history: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The whole world was able to watch via a camera Armstrong set up before taking his giant leap. He and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin would spend over two hours venturing out of the module, collecting moon rocks, conducting experiments, and walking within about 300 feet of the module. Through this restored edition, you can browse the entire broadcast here.
The Apollo 11 mission saw Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins become the first humans to land on the moon in July 1969. To arrive at Neil Armstrong's iconic "giant leap for mankind" after stepping from the lunar module's ladder, a 3,000-ton rocket had to be deconstructed over the course of a 244,000-mile journey from Cape Canaveral to the moon's Sea of Tranquility. This video depicts the precise steps the rocket and modules took to achieve the legendary feat.