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Quiz: Moon trivia

Updated on March 17, 2012

Are you ready for this moon quiz?

The moon is a satellite of the Earth that rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour. Wolves howl at it, a cow has jumped over it, and some people still believe it is made of cheese.The moon is known to change people's behavior and make them act crazy or violent. Myths, lores and superstitions abound in every culture about the moon. What do you know about the moon?

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Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.

The footprints left by the Apollo astronauts will not erode since there is no wind or water on the Moon. The footprints should last at least 10 million years.

When walking on the moon, astronaut Alan Sheppard hit a golf ball that went 2,400 feet, nearly one-half a mile.

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. was the second person, after Neil Armstrong, to walk on the moon.

The size of the first footprint on the Moon was 13 by 6 inches, the dimensions of Neil Armstrong's boot when he took his historic walk on July 20, 1969.

Gene Cernan was the last man to step on the moon in 1972.

The last man to fly in space alone was not Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, but Apollo 17 command module pilot Ron Evans, who circled the Moon alone while astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt went to the surface.

The multi-layered space suit worn by astronauts on the Apollo moon landings weighed 180 pounds on Earth and 30 pounds on the Moon with the reduced lunar gravity.

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The first U.S. flag on the moon was deployed by Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin during their historic EVA on July 20, 1969 (at 4 days, 14 hours, and 9 minutes mission-elapsed time).

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Aldrin creates another buzz with third wife

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When the Apollo 12 astronauts landed on the moon, the impact caused the Moon's surface to vibrate for 55 minutes.

The Apollo missions returned 2196 rock samples, weighing 382kg in total.

Apollo Lunar Mission number 13, which was aborted while en route to the moon in 1970 because of an explosion of a fuel cell in the service module, left the launch pad at 13:13 (CST) hours military time and the accident occurred on April 13.

Among the debris the astronauts have left on the moon are a number of golf balls.

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The Sea of Tranquility is on the Moon. It's not a real sea, but a "maria," one of the regions on the Moon that appear dark when looking at it.

There are over 500,000 craters on the moon that can be seen from the planet Earth.

The diameter of the largest crater on the moon is 144 miles across.

The largest crater that can be seen on the Moon is called Bailly or the 'fields of ruin.' It covers an area of about 26,000 square miles, about the size of West Virginia, and over three time the size of Wales.

The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean

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Baskin-Robbins introduced the flavor "Lunar Cheesecake" to commemorate America's landing on the moon on July 20, 1969

The gold-plated 33-rpm record "Camelot" was left behind on the moon by the Apollo astronauts.

Astronaut and moon-walker James Irwin's NASA name tag, coated with lunar dust, sold at auction for $310,500. The cloth keepsake, a 6- by 12-inch rectangle, was cut from the insulated jacket worn by Irwin during the 1971 flight of Apollo 15. Lunar dust, which created a dark gray tint around the tag's edges, became embedded into the tag during three separate moonwalks Irwin took. His jacket and other equipment were left on the Moon to lighten the spacecraft's load on the return trip home, but Irwin cut out and kept his NASA tag as a memento.

Mare Tranquillitatis, or Sea of Tranquility, was the name of the first manned lunar landing.

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The Moon has no global magnetic field.

Contrary to popular belief, the Moon does have an atmosphere. It is very thin. If you took all of the molecules in one cubic centimeter of atmosphere from the Moon and lined them up, they would fit inside the period of this sentence. If you took a cubic centimeter of atmosphere from the earth at sea level and lined all of the molecules up, it would go from the earth to the Moon and back again two and a half times.

Flying once around the moon is the equivalent of a round trip from New York to London. (Earth is about four times the size of the moon.)

Due to its size and composition, the Moon is sometimes classified as a terrestrial 'planet' along with Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

The temperature on the Moon reaches 243° F at midday on the lunar equator. During the night, the temperature falls to -261° F.

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The dark spots on the moon that create the benevolent "man in the moon" image are actually basins filled 3 to 8 kilometers deep with basalt, a dense mineral, which causes immense gravitation variations.

The temperature on the Moon reaches 243° F at midday on the lunar equator. During the night, the temperature falls to -261° F.

If the moon were placed on the surface of the continental United States, it would extend from San Francisco to Cleveland (2,600 miles)

Light from the Moon takes about a second and a half to reach Earth.

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A quarter moon and a half moon are the same thing. The quarter refers to the fraction of the lunar month which has passed, whilst the half describes the portion of the Moon's disc which is visible.

In China, the dark shadows forming a face is seen as "the toad in the moon," not the "man in the moon." The toad is considered one of the five poisons of yin. It is believed that eclipses occur when the "toad in the moon" tries to swallow the moon itself.

You always get to see the same half of the moon because it is rotating at exactly the same rate it is moving around the earth: 29.5 earth days. This, however, is no coincidence since this match is caused by unequal mass distribution on the moon.

Did you know....

The average desktop computer contains 5-10 times more computing power than was used to land a man on the moon.

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The final resting place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker - the Moon. The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer had trained the Apollo mission astronauts about craters, but never made it into space. Dr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem. His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA crashed the probe into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999, in an attempt to learn if there is water on the Moon.

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The U.S.S.R. captured the first photo of the moon taken from space in 1959. The image was of the dark side of the moon.

The first spacecraft to send back pictures of the far side of the Moon was Luna 3 in October 1959. The photographs covered about 70 percent of the far side.

Almost out of gas

Just twenty seconds' worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.

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The Hubble Space Telescope can resolve features on the lunar surface down to 85 metres (280 feet) across. Its field of view is so small that it would take a mosaic of 130 images to cover the entire disc of the Moon.

It is NOT TRUE that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. It is only visible from a low Earth orbit, such as that of Skylab. From this height, many other human artefacts, cities, highways and field systems, also become visible.

In addition to the familiar features on the near side, the Moon also has South Pole-Aitken on the far side which is 2250 km in diameter and 12 km deep making it the the largest impact basin in the solar system and Orientale on the western limb which is a splendid example of a multi-ring crater.

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? Sure you did.

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens.Great information!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Better on the second set of quizzes. Thanks for the other info it was nice to read.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Better on the second set of quizzes. Thanks for the other info it was nice to read.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Didn't do as good as I thought I would. Was still fun though. :)

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Cool information. Thanks for the points.

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      InnovativeToys 5 years ago

      Gotta go see some of that Lunar Cheesecake in person!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      We had a beautiful full moon last night!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Did well on the quiz. Fascinating lens, great learning experience.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not so great on the quiz, but I sure enjoyed visiting this informational lens.

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      RocklawnArts 6 years ago

      Pretty terrible on the first one and quite well on the second. Nice lens!

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Interesting quiz, thumbs up

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      I'm much smarter about the moon than I thought (now that I learned more here!)

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      50%. Not so hot. Interesting lens.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      What a great informative lens...nicely done! I enjoyed the tests...

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      This is a GREAT lens! I saw it on your "lowest rank" post on the forum, and I don't understand why! Loved it! Didn't do great on the quizzes though! (Also, on quiz 2, question 9, you ask about "planters." Is that what you meant? I've never heard that term.)

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      ben186422 6 years ago

      Didn't do so well. Fun anyway.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Fantastic quizzes and I loved all the moon facts too! I did OK on the first and almost got full marks on the second.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I did much better on the moon trivia quizzes than I thought I would. 70% on the first, but I'm a good guesser, apparently, and 90% on the second. You included a lot of good information about the moon

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      9 total on both quizzes. I really need to study my moon trivia. Lensrolling to weather calendars! :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Fun quiz :)

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Very interesting quiz. I only got 5 right.