About The Moon

Explore the Moon through animations, articles, and art produced by high school students.

Primordial Moon

The Primordial Moon

Copernicus Crater

Visit a Crater


Evolution of the Moon

Evolution of the Moon

Our Moon's Rotation

Our Moon’s Rotation

How the Moon Was Whacked into Place

How the Moon Was "Whacked" into Place

Phases of the Moon and Exlipses

Phases of the Moon and Eclipses


Alternate Theories of Moon Formation

Alternate Theories of Moon Formation




Formation of the Universe, Solar System, and Moon

Formation of the Universe,
Solar System, and Moon



Other Sources of Information:

Explore! Marvel Moon
This site, created for informal educators, will acquaint visitors with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon.

The Origins of the Moon, 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast, July 28, 2010
“How did the moon form and what can it tell us about the history of our solar system? Lunar scientist Bill Bottke from the Southwest Research Institute, who has been studying the formation history of planetary bodies, discusses the different theories there have been over the years for the moon’s formation, and how our current studies are revealing some secrets about the Moon – kind of like snooping through your Grandmother’s attic.”
Water Cycle on the Moon Remains a Mystery, Universe Today, July 30, 2010
“Water cycle on the Moon” is a phrase that many people – including lunar scientists – were never expecting to hear.”
Is the moon really a 'been there done that' world?, Christian Science Monitor, July 26, 2010
“In the past year, we’ve learned that the moon is a very different place than what we had thought.”
Water on the Moon, KQED Radio, July 21, 2010
“Researchers at NASA Ames have more information on deposits of water on the surface of the moon and its distribution in lunar “oases.”
NASA scientists share analyses of watery moon, Mercury News, San Jose, CA, July 21, 2010
“From last year’s big discovery of water on the moon, now nine months of analyses of our nearest celestial neighbor reveal new insights into where it may have come from — and where else it could be found.”