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You could be the next one on the surface of the moon

Updated on November 17, 2015

No matter where you live on this big planet of ours, you can look up into the night sky and see that bright white moon looking back down at you. The moon's shape changes over the course of a month from a full moon, to a half moon, and sometimes to no moon at all. It's peaked the minds of mankind for ever. There are clear nights when you can actually see the topographical terrain of the moon full of meteor craters from one side to the other. The impact on the moon's surface from these giant meteorites weighing millions of tons which hurtled through space will last for eternity.

Up until now it has only been believed that astronauts will be the only one's who will ever be able to experience the great wonders of the moon's distant surface. Being an astronaut isn't exactly meant for everyone on this planet, and besides you have to have the right stuff to become an astronaut in just about every country that goes into space. However there is another way that anyone can experience what it would be like to be on the moon's surface, without ever having to leave the atmosphere of earth. Yes you read that correctly, and anyone can experience what astronauts have experienced on the moon's surface.

Right here on good old the planet Earth there are literally untold meteor craters all around the world. A long time ago it wasn't uncommon for meteors to hit the earth as they also slammed into the moon. One of the best preserved meteorite impact sites on Earth, is right in the state of Arizona about thirty five miles east of Flagstaff. It so closely resembled the surface of the moon, and other planets that NASA designated it as an official training site for most of it's Apollo Astronauts. It has also been used as the setting for the movie "Star Man" as well as many other documentaries.

This meteor crater is a very impressive sight to say the very least, and 50,000 years ago it was the point of impact of a massive meteorite. This meteor which plummeted through space left a crater that was over 550 feet deep. That's as tall as a sixty story building in downtown New York City. This meteor site is nearly one mile across, and 2.4 miles in circumference. The vast floor of this meteor is big enough to accommodate twenty different football games being played simultaneously as over two million fans watch them from the sloping walls of the meteor impact site. Can You imagine just how loud that crowd could be?

This is quite an exhilarating site, and you won't ever have to take one single step into space to experience it. Hopefully this will have been one of the very last meteorites to ever grace our blue & green planet. I hope the ancient Mayans didn't have other visions when they decided to end their calendar on December 21st 2012. I explored the possibilities of why the Mayan calendar ended in my hub - The end of the Mayan calendar. You may not be able to make it all the way to the surface of the moon, but I did want to let you all know that you can experience the moon's surface right here on Earth!

Meteor Crater, Arizona
Meteor Crater, Arizona
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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great story, as well as excellent photos. I need to get myself around the Flagstaff area.

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      lauramaryscott 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      TheHoleStory, thank you for writing about the crater in Oregon. In our neck of the woods we have Crater Lake in Oregon. Thank you for teaching me how to connect one of my Hubs to another of my Hubs. Your last paragraph is an excellent example of how to do it. Thank you.

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Richard Branson might get there before NASA, and all these moon-men will have improved motor and house insurance courtesy of Virgin. Who knows, he might have a railway built from Bransonby to the US base to take Intercity passengers. What's Amtrak's record for new investment? If the Germans get there first the moon will be in the euro-zone before you can say Marshall Plan.

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      TheHoleStory 5 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Yes flashmakeit, there's an exit right off of Interstate 40 which takes you right to it. In the bottom photo you can make out some buildings which are the museums, and there's also overlooks of the meteor crater as well.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      That is big and I guess you drive up it to look down inside of it.