Early modern ideas about creatures on the moon

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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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