Monday, March 28, 2011

Top 12 Moons of The Solar System (THE MOON RULZ #1 )

Here is Part 1 and Part 2.

The winner of this from the start has clearly been the Moon. Not just any other moon, it is our Moon. Life as we know it would not exist without the Moon. On top of that it is the only astronomical body humans have ever visited (a sad fact in my mind at this point). Even if it is a sad fact, it has been 50 years (Kennedy's speech was in 1961) since we started and the amazing technological feat is still jaw dropping and the is mouth watering for more.

Crater Daedalus from the far side of the Moon. (Apollo 11, Crater 308)
We all want more space. I know people who deny it and say we should focus on problems of the Earth. But, my training and understanding of the issue, I make my arguments. There are few people who deny my arguments. You cannot just count on government and politicians to focus on fixing problems. You have to make good. Make amazing events that WOW the world. There is so much greed in the United States government, NASA is one of those few groups that remain selfless and suffer for it. Their budget reflects it, they are always one of the first on cutting block. I hate it when anyone says that it isn't part of the American future or dream. Space is clearly the Human future and dream. To say you disagree is to hinder yourself and your culture.


We Humans, Americans even, have the furthest probes from Earth and the best understanding of Earth. First their was the Pioneer program, which can't receive signal from wherever they are. Then the Voyagers, our first true cosmic travellers, now at the edge of the Solar System. We are approaching interstellar status due to these probes, even though we physically haven't been much further then our Moon.
HIRES of the closer side of the Moon, click to Enmooninate.
This is a reality of Man. But there is much hope over the next few decades. There are plans for the current Orion capsule to return to the Moon, and even in the future reach Mars. The Moon is our, humanities', gateway to the stars. It needs to be our launch pad at one point or another.

There is an idea for near-Earth asteroids, but they can only supply so much. They are best for economic needs. For true interplanetary action, you need the Moon, the resources there will help us in our travels.  So at this point I've made my arguments for the Moon obvious, so what so we know about it?

The Moon is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system. That makes the Earth a weird place. Besides Pluto/Charon, we have the largest Planet/Moon ratio in the Solar System. The Moon has a quarter of the Earth's diameter and 1/81th the mass. The stirring of the oceans it causes, tides, might have helped to create life. It's size protects us from several asteroids and meteorites. It is a shield, we don't know if life could exist without such protection. Life has a great debt to The Moon.
NASA's Idea on Structure of the Moon.

We know The Moon has an inner iron core and most of it's composition, including titanium and aluminum deposits. The Moon was created from the Earth when a large Mars sized object impacted! Many of it's properties are similar to a smaller Earth. In fact. After Pluto/Charon, it is the next closest thing to a double planet in our solar system. There might be a bit of ying and yang there, as the Earth is large, blue and full of life. The Moon is small, grey and dead.

Ultimately, I hope for the best between humans and the Moon. We already own it, but maybe we can tame it in the next hundred years. Between the private companies and governments  interested, it won't take long. I imagine Bigelow Aerospace dropping their inflatable capsules in the next few years. As long as the jerks below aren't involved.
Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Mooninites.


33 comments:

mac-and-me said...

thanks, really great information

Silent Crawler said...

The Moon is the creator of life then. We should worship it. :D

Rachel Neilson said...

Amazing photos. I love space.

Christophe said...

Woot woot, go Moon! Thanks for blocking the meteors and shtuff!

Zakk said...

Thats really sweet, and the ATHF reference was hilarious :)

Nina said...

All I am thinking right now is "I WONDER WHERE THE MOON KINGDOM WAS..."



Moon Cosmic Power, bitches.

Moob said...

awesome

Zombie said...

Now I really want to visit the moon! lol.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

I was thinking this #1 was a bit biased until you pulled out the mooninites.

Well played, sir.

G said...

great info

Jay.CA said...

ah... Luna...

Killy said...

i looove space.

jamierod.rodriguez said...

Great info, and yay aqua teen hunger force!

Open Your Mind said...

Wow thanks. Always been fascinated with space.

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Electric Addict said...

where would we be without our moon. great post!

Biff Tanner said...

Great write up thanks.

christopher said...

i really wish we had multiple moons..

imagine how badass that would look!

THUNDERCAT832 said...

Okay, I might have a good question for you (That might lead to a post)...what makes a "blood moon"? My grandmother used to be so paranoid about a blood like ring/image being around the moon. She wouldnt even leave the house!

Astronomy Pirate said...

TC, a "blood moon" occurs during a lunar eclipse. There was one back in December. I made a post about it here: http://astropirate.blogspot.com/2011/02/decembers-lunar-eclipse.html

What causes the moon to turn red in color is because of the light reflecting off of it's surface. Normally it appears white, reflecting the Sun's white light. But when the Earth is in between, the light gets bent through the Earth's atmosphere and turns red. This is also the same effect on why the sky turns red at sunset.

Green Bus said...

Oh boy, I can't believe I found a blog so similar to mine.
Excelent moon posts. Keep up the good work! I'm reading them all.

skinned sheep said...

the moon does rule :]

Mike said...

Expansion into the universe is possible the paramount responsibility of us as humans

Something we all dream and fantasize of... these thoughts bring me back to your blog

Thanks for the read, once again.

Mike.

Patrick Holton said...

Wow, it's hard to even imagine mankind start leaving Earth for the Moon (or any other satellite, for that matter). I'm not sure if it'll happen in my lifetime but will definitely be really excited for it.

Patti D. said...

great stuff, thanks for the post

Raw said...

I think we should at least be sending way more probes to explore the major objects in our solar system.

Rob said...

we know more about space then we do about the bottom of the ocean :D

Great post! Very good stuff! Excellently worded.

Banacek said...

The moon. How'd it get there? Who put it there?

Meghan Moran said...

I wish we'd have gone to more places in our solar system by now too. Hooray for the Mooninites!

Malkavian said...

Great stuff, in the older post i said i would be disappointed for picking our moon as #1 but i guess that it is important just that since its so close to home i dont notice the magnificence of our Moon.

Theo Lichter said...

ATHF son

Shutterbug said...

Maybe someday I can go see the moon.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I think you are dead on this far as the politics behind NASA's operating budget. Sometimes I feel as though their funding is being cut intentionally for some reason. In an era where the political climate scoffs at scientists and bases the universe on an angry Bronze Age text, true brilliant seems to be obscured.

kgp318 said...

Great post! The moon is awesome :) I remember when I was in Kindergarten we had to write aka scribble why we thought the moon has phases...well i thought it was alive it would grow and then parts would fall off and hit the earth! How my knowledge base has changed...

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