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  1. 1. What Do You Know About the Moon?By Cindy Grigg1 Photo Credit: NASA. Scientist-AstronautHarrison H. Schmitt is photographedstanding next to a huge, split boulder duringthe third Apollo 17 extravehicular activity(EVA-3) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site onthe Moon. Schmitt is the Apollo 17 lunarmodule pilot. This picture was taken byAstronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander.2 Look up at night and the first thing you most likely see is themoon. What do you know about the moon?3 How big is it? If the Earth were the size of a basketball, themoon would be about the size of a tennis ball or an apple. Themoon looks a lot bigger than the stars, but its just because themoon is closer to Earth than any star is.4 How close to Earth is the moon? Not very close - almost aquarter million miles away!5 What is the moon made of? The moon is made of rock likeEarth is. In fact, scientists think that a large comet or asteroidmight have hit Earth and knocked a big chunk off of it. That chunkbecame our moon.6 Why is the moon so bright? The moon doesnt make light. Thesuns light is reflected off the rocky surface of the moon.7 Could people live on the moon? The moon has no air and nowater. There is nothing living on the moon. Men have walked onthe moon. They had to take their own air to breathe. They had totake food and water, too. They had to wear spacesuits to keepthem warm and cool. At night, the moon gets very cold. Duringthe day it is hotter than boiling water! Spacesuits were alsoneeded to protect them from the suns harmful rays. The
  2. 2. astronauts stayed only a few days. It would be hard to live on themoon.8 The sky above the moon is always black. Why isnt the skyblue? Thats because theres no atmosphere like here on Earth.Earths atmosphere scatters light waves, giving our sky a bluecolor.9 What is the weather like on the moon? There isnt any!Because theres no atmosphere on the moon, theres no wind orrain, either. The footprints the astronauts left in the dust are stillthere, even after forty years!10 Would walking on the moon be like walking on Earth? No.Theres much less gravity on the moon. The astronauts were ableto carry much more on the moon than they could have on Earth. Ifyou see a video of astronauts walking on the moon, it looks likethey were doing the bunny hop! With less gravity, each step madethe astronauts bounce high off the ground. But the moons gravityis strong enough to pull on Earths oceans and cause high andlow tides.11 Is the surface of the moon like Earths surface? The moon hasmountains, valleys, and flat plains. There are no rivers or oceans.When we look up at the moon, we see lighter and darker places.The light places are highlands. The dark places are lower plains.They are called maria (MAHR-ee-uh) because long ago peoplethought they were seas. The word "maria" is Latin for seas. Thesurface of the moon is covered with craters. These depressionswere caused when comets, asteroids, and meteoroids hit themoons surface. Some people think the light and dark placesmake the moon look like a face. Thats why some people talkabout "the Man in the Moon."Copyright © 2012 edHelperName _____________________________ Date ___________________
  3. 3. What Do You Know About the Moon?1. How far from Earth is the 2. What is the moon made of? moon? Green cheese Almost a quarter million Rock miles A man Almost a half million miles Almost three-quarter million miles3. Does the moon make light? 4. It is cold on the moon all the No time. Yes No Yes5. What is the weather like on 6. Gravity on the moon is the moon? ______ gravity on Earth. Much more than Much less than The same as
  4. 4. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?7. There are seas on the moon. 8. Why do some people think False the moon looks like a face? True
  5. 5. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?"It would be hard to live on the moon." Tell why the writer said this. Give as many reasonsas you can.
  6. 6. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?Write five facts you know about the moon.
  7. 7. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?Would you like to take a trip to the moon? Tell why or why not. If you went, what wouldyou need to take with you?
  8. 8. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?One of the astronauts hit a golf ball on the moon. The ball went a lot farther than it wouldhave on Earth. What sport would you like to play on the moon? Tell why.
  9. 9. Name _____________________________ Date ___________________ What Do You Know About the Moon?What is it that you would like to know about the moon?

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