Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

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Week 5: What we learned from the Moon

Introduction

Rocks are the key evidence for the Moon’s story. The meteorite-battered lunar highland rocks are more ancient than anything on Earth, and the ancient volcanoes on the Moon are better preserved than many modern volcanoes on Earth.

Jess introduces the week, which continues the story of the Moon and lets you get up close to Moon rocks using The Open University’s virtual microscope.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • understand the significance of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions to the Moon, and what was investigated there
  • consider what Moon dust and rocks brought back to the Earth tell us about the Moon.

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