A Closer Look at the Moon
SCIENTISTS believe the moon was once part of Earth – they theorise that a large object collided with Earth about 4 billion years ago and broke off large rocks that eventually melted together to form the moon.
Gravity on the moon is about a fifth of Earth’s so astronauts have to wear special gear to prevent them floating away into space. That’s why you’ll weigh about six times less on the moon than on Earth!
Over 100 spacecraft have been to the moon, which is Earth’s only natural satellite, and brought back rocks which are still being studied. But we won’t be setting up home on the moon anytime soon – its weak atmosphere and lack of water cannot support human, animal and plant life.
The moon fits neatly into Africa!