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Our moon makes Earth a more livable planet by moderating our home planet's wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate, and creating a tidal rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years. The moon was likely formed after a Mars-sized body collided with Earth and the debris formed into the most prominent feature in our night sky.

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Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.Read More...
Discovery of the Moon's Mysterious Mascons
Discovery of the Moon's Mysterious Mascons
While movie audiences watched scientists uncover a mystery on the Moon in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a strangely parallel story was unfolding in real life. And the first human missions to the Moon were at stake.Read More...
Lunar GRAIL
Lunar GRAIL
GRAIL is a future NASA mission that will probe the moon's gravity field.Read More...
Moonquakes: Understanding our Seismically-Active Neighbor
Blue Moon Rising
Blue Moon Rising
July 2004 has two full moons, which means one of them is a Blue Moon. But will it really be blue? Believe it or not, scientists say blue-colored moons are real.Read More...
Origin of the Earth and Moon
Origin of the Earth and Moon
The formation of the planets was a violent process.Read More...
Origin of the Earth and Moon
Origin of the Earth and Moon
The formation of the planets was a violent process.Read More...
In Search of Moon Trees
In Search of Moon Trees
Hundreds of trees have been to the Moon. How they got there and back again is a curious tale.Read More...
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Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.Read More...
Discovery of the Moon's Mysterious Mascons
Discovery of the Moon's Mysterious Mascons
While movie audiences watched scientists uncover a mystery on the Moon in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a strangely parallel story was unfolding in real life. And the first human missions to the Moon were at stake.Read More...
Lunar GRAIL
Lunar GRAIL
GRAIL is a future NASA mission that will probe the moon's gravity field.Read More...
Moonquakes: Understanding our Seismically-Active Neighbor
Blue Moon Rising
Blue Moon Rising
July 2004 has two full moons, which means one of them is a Blue Moon. But will it really be blue? Believe it or not, scientists say blue-colored moons are real.Read More...
Origin of the Earth and Moon
Origin of the Earth and Moon
The formation of the planets was a violent process.Read More...
Origin of the Earth and Moon
Origin of the Earth and Moon
The formation of the planets was a violent process.Read More...
In Search of Moon Trees
In Search of Moon Trees
Hundreds of trees have been to the Moon. How they got there and back again is a curious tale.Read More...
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