Interesting Moon Facts

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I’ve been referred to as “the Man Who Wants to Mine The Moon.” In response to some basic questions I’ve been asked about the moon, here are some interesting facts:

Diameter:
The diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles (3,476 kilometers)

Formation:
The leading explanation for how the moon formed was that a giant impact knocked off the raw ingredients for the moon off the primitive molten Earth and into orbit. Scientists have suggested the impacting object was roughly 10 percent the mass of Earth.

Size:
The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres. About 25% the size of earth.

Age:
The moon is  estimated to be about 4.6 billion years old, or about the same age as Earth.

Gravity:
The surface gravity of the moon is one-sixth that of the Earth. Although your mass would be the same on Earth and the moon, you would weigh much less on the moon than on Earth.

Orbit speed
The moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour

Orbital Characteristics of Earth’s Moon:
Average Distance from Earth- 238,855 miles
Perigee (closest)-English- 225,700 miles
Apogee (farthest)- 252,000 miles

Composition:
The moon has so many precious minerals. Twenty times more titanium and platinum than anywhere on earth, not to mention helium 3, a rare isotope of helium that many feel could be the future of energy on Earth and in space.

Learn more about my moon aspirations at MoonExpress.com

Sources
NASA, National Geographic, Space.com, moonconnection.com

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