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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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Al Hibbs

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Brian Lewis
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Richard Elphic
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Paul Mahaffy
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Angela Green
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Don Boroson
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John McCormick
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David Kring
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Alan Bean

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Brian Day
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Sarah Noble
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