The Moon


The Moon has only been walked on by 12 people; all American males:

The first man to set foot on the planet in 1969 was Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission, while the last man to walk on the Moon in 1972 was Gene Cernan on the Apollo 17 mission. Since then it has only be visited by unmanned vehicles.

A person would weigh much less on the Moon:

The Moon has much weaker gravity than Earth, due to its smaller mass, so you would weigh about one sixth (16.5%) of your weight on Earth. This is why the lunar astronauts could leap and bound so high in the air.

It is drifting away from the Earth:

The planet is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. By the time that happens, it will be taking around 47 days to orbit the Earth instead of the current 27.3 days.

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