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Explore!Marvel Moon

Marvel Moon Background Information

Cultures throughout the centuries have created stories about the night's brightest visitor and occasional companion of the daytime Sun. Scientists now study the Moon because it records the history of our early solar system — and Earth — and it will play a pivotal role in our future exploration of the solar system.

The Moon’s Formation and Evolution

The Moon’s Role in Our Lives

Websites
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Lunar Science and Exploration

The Moon’s Appearance in the Sky

Urban Legends about the Moon

Presentations

These presentations by NASA scientists are intended to provide background information for program providers. These external resources are not necessarily 508 compliant.

Origin of the Earth and Moon (13 MB PowerPoint)
Dr. Bill Bottke, Southwest Research Institute

Formation of Our Moon: The Giant Impact Hypothesis (4 MB PowerPoint)
Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute

Earth Without the Moon (400 KB PowerPoint)
Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute

Earth's Moon:  How Did Our Moon Form and What's Been Happening Since? (12 MB PowerPoint)
Dr. Luke Dones, Southwest Research Institute

Earth without the Moon (156 MB video file)
Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute

Explore Marvel Moon Part 1 (2 MB PowerPoint)
Education Team, Lunar and Planetary Institute and Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute

Explore Marvel Moon Part 2 (9 MB PowerPoint)
Education Team, Lunar and Planetary Institute and Dr. Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute

Recording of 2013 LPI Explore webinar Hands-on NASA Activities to Bring the Moon's Life Story to Children Ages 8–13

Recording of 2013 LPI Explore webinar Hands-on NASA Activities to Celebrate Our Personal, Cultural, and Scientific Connections to the Moon!

Personal and Cultural Connections to the Moon and Asteroids (7 MB PDF)
Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute, Institute for the Science of Exploration Targets

The Moon’s Features and Rocks Record Its “Life Story” (19 MB PDF)
Michelle Kirchoff, Southwest Research Institute, Institute for the Science of Exploration Targets