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Late next year, a private US rocket company is providing a trip around the Moon to two daring tourists! Is this the holiday of the future? In this week's blog post, we bring you 10 fun facts about our natural satellite - to help prepare for the exciting times to come!
1. The Moon is an incredible 4.5 billion years old.
2. The dark side of the Moon is a myth(!). In truth, both sides get the same amount of sunlight.
3. The Moon moves 3.8 centremetres further away from the Earth every year.
4. The Moon has "Moon-quakes". Just like the Earth has earthquakes, the Moon also has quakes - but they are caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth.
5. The Moon is approximately 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometres) from Earth.
6. The Moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite.
7. The Moon has only a very thin atmosphere, making the sky always appear black.
8. The Moon's gravitational pull causes the rise and fall of the tides here on Earth.
9. Because the Moon has weaker gravity than the Earth, things weigh much less there. You can see this in video footage of astronauts on the Moon leaping high in the air!
10. The Moon has not been set foot on since 1972 by astronaut Gene Cernan. The next planned Moon walk is in 2019!
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