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Treasure Hunt in Earth's Attic

Clues to Earth’s history are valuable treasures.

Giant impact The Moon has treasures of its shared history with Earth, going back 4.5 billion years. Early in our solar system’s history, a small planetary body — about half the size of Earth — slammed into our home planet. The Moon formed from the debris of that collision and has evolved alongside Earth since that time.

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Dust coming from Earth

Just as an attic stores heirlooms that record your family’s history, the Moon preserves the history of Earth and the rest of our own solar system.

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