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Moon Madness

This page contains answers to questions that have to do with the moon. They explore lunar missions, facts and trivia about the Moon and much more! Click on a topic to see our "Quickie" questions archive or scroll down for more in-depth answers.

Quickie Moon Madness


Movement of the Moon(27 questions)
Interior/Surface(13 questions)
Phases/Viewing(23 questions)
Other(121 questions)


In-depth questions and answers

1)"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."...planned or spontaneous?
2)Why haven't there been more lunar landings in recent years?
3)Is the Moon hot or cold?
4)Why can't you see the far side of the Moon?
5)What is the period of the Moon? the Earth? How long does it take Mars to rotate on its axis?
6)How does the phenomena of "seasons" occur. Why would it be summer in Maryland when it is winter in the southern hemisphere? Does the Moon have seasons?
7)Why does the Moon have an orange color in the Fall?
8)Why is the Moon moving away from the Earth? Will it just keep on going?
9)Is the Moon round? Diameter, weight, distance, age of the Moon? Internal structure? Is anyone buried on the Moon? and more!
10)What are maria? What are highlands? Phase of the Moon on certain date? Traveling from one phase to another? Moon tilt? If Moon spun twice? and more!
11)Were the Moon landings faked? What about the flag "waving in the breeze"? Who took the astronauts' picture if noone else was on the Moon at the time?


Last modified August 1, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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