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The Moon Was Formed in a Smashup Between Earth and a Near Twin. 50th Anniversary of NASA. BrainPOP Jr. Search. The Moon - Facts About The Moon For Kids. The Moon was probably made 4.5 billion years ago when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that came together to orbit round the Earth.

The Moon - Facts About The Moon For Kids

They eventually melted together, cooled down and became the Moon. For another 500 million years pieces of rock kept striking aginst the surface of the Moon. You can see the surface of the Moon by using a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. The Moon’s surface shows the damage caused by these large pieces of rock hitting it billions of years ago. The surface is covered in craters, pits and scars. Figure 1. All parts of the Moon are lit in turn by the Sun.

Figure 2. This diagram shows the phases of the moon, from a new moon, which you can hardly see at all, round to a full moon and back again in just over four weeks. Figure 3. The Moon Facts and Information for Kids. Moon_challenge. The Universe: The Phases of the Moon. New 2013 Phases of the Moon Animation Released. A new animation highlighting the phases of the Moon has been released by the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

New 2013 Phases of the Moon Animation Released

The animation shows at hourly intervals, the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the Moon's axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2013. Topographic measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter make it possible to simulate shadows on the Moon's surface with unprecedented accuracy and detail. UNITED STATES MOON PHASE CALENDAR. Astronomy For Kids. Your Weight on Other Worlds. Before we get into the subject of gravity and how it acts, it's important to understand the difference between weight and mass.

Your Weight on Other Worlds

We often use the terms "mass" and "weight" interchangeably in our daily speech, but to an astronomer or a physicist they are completely different things. The mass of a body is a measure of how much matter it contains. An object with mass has a quality called inertia. If you shake an object like a stone in your hand, you would notice that it takes a push to get it moving, and another push to stop it again. If the stone is at rest, it wants to remain at rest. Weight is an entirely different thing. If you are in a spaceship far between the stars and you put a scale underneath you, the scale would read zero. Moon Phases Calendar / Moon Schedule. Life of an astronaut - Jerry Carr. Infinite Learning Lab. Space School Music. Label the Diagram of Solar System - Interactive Diagrams. Google Earth. The Space Shuttle.

Since 1981, NASA space shuttles have been rocketing from the Florida coast into Earth orbit.

The Space Shuttle

The five orbiters — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour — have flown more than 130 times, carrying over 350 people into space and travelling more than half a billion miles, more than enough to reach Jupiter. Designed to return to Earth and land like a giant glider, the shuttle was the world's first reusable space vehicle. More than all of that, though, the shuttle program expanded the limits of human achievement and broadened our understanding of our world. It all started with STS-1, launched on April 12, 1981, just twenty years to the day after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. When astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launched that morning in Columbia, it was the first time in history a new spacecraft was launched on its maiden voyage with a crew aboard. For an entire generation, the space shuttle was NASA. NASA: Challenging the Space Frontier. NASA Kids Club. Skip to main content NASA Kids Club › Text Only Site Solar System Switch-a-Roo Play Now!

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