May 29, 2013
The Moon is a splendor. Our ancestors have all gazed at it in fascination with stories to tell. Its synchronous rotation is fascinating because half of the satellite always remains hidden from view. But the Moon has been watching over us for billions of years, and the scars of meteorites are still evident on its still, defenseless surface. It may be that the Moon was formed out of a piece of the Earth in a violent crash of protoplanets during the early years of the Solar System.
Whatever its origin, the Moon has undoubtedly once represented a goddess, an unreachable transcendent place, will forever represent our first initial step into the exploration of the cosmos.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.