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Do We Really Need the Moon?

Science|13 Nov, 2012|230 Comments |
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The Moon is a familiar presence in the sky than most of us take for granted.

But what if it was not where is he now? How would this affect life on Earth? Lunar rocket scientist Dr. Maggie fan-Aderin Pocock explores our intimate relationship with the moon.

In addition to the orchestration of the tides, the moon dictates the length of a day, the rhythm of the seasons and the stability of our planet.

However, the Moon is always in motion. In the past, was near the Earth and in the future will be further away. It is now perfectly positioned to sustain life is pure luck, a cosmic coincidence.

Using computer graphics to bring high tides and set the Earth spinning on its side, Maggie implores Aderin-Pocock look back to the moon: a view, not as a lifeless rock, but as a key player in the history of our planet past, present and future.

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  1. 03nj says:

    I don’t think moon is that much important anymore we cant even teraform it cause its lack of atmosphere, we need to focus on mars and future human colony there, as for the moon maybe they should make some refueling station there for future space expeditions deeper into the solar system.

  2. khmer108 says:

    That why so man ancient culture respect the moon sun and earth energies for ritual purposes. Like invisible forces or spiritual powers.

  3. Read on string theory, it provides a good answer to the big bang. (Which was not an explosion, by the way.)Humans did not breed exponentially until the very recent times. At one point there was about 30,000 humans on the planet. Then we went on living for a while, until we found medicine and science. They kind of helped. Vaccines and penicillin are to thank for our overpopulation nowadays.Most of the resources we used a thousand years ago were renewable too.

  4. You are either uneducated or stupid. Maybe even both. We are quite well aware of what went on during the medieval period. We also are well aware of how the Earth was 65 million years ago. We are also aware of how old the Earth is. About 4.5 billion years.

  5. Mounce2 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHHA……Oh, wait, you were being serious?…BAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHWe’re too being being awesome with science. You can’t be awesome with God, he doesn’t even talk back to you when you pray to him. P.S. If he DOES respond….You have Schizophrenia. *Does not condone bullying or being used as a bad image to atheists* :3

  6. theAntilli says:

    1. The moon landing was a ‘child’ of the cold war. It happened out of pure necessity.2. If the soviets hat even the slightest doubt, they would have happily used it against the US3. 500’000 people worked on Apollo 11. No money in the world could keep even 10 of em quiet for all these years.4. Sadly, today’s world doesn’t allow for such pragmatic actions like ‘quickly sticking some solar panels to the moon’. There’s too many variables that remain uncertain.

  7. bournebeats says:

    Title of the documentary sounds like something Karl Pilkington would ask.

  8. blagger56 says:

    there are plenty of theories which postulate opposing views…you look them up like I have. Thank you. Goodbye.

  9. Derzelas05 says:

    some proof on your statement

  10. It’s all about the tilt….i think. They explained the whole “dark side of the moon” thing and i think that has a lot to do with it.

  11. Dave Slater says:

    A kind of silly documentary. If the moon was 20 times closer the tides would flood London and New York. Doh! If the moon was 20 times closer life on Earth would be very different. This documentary is basically saying that if my father had been born a woman I’d have two mothers.

  12. Unfortunate that we see the moon for yet more of a resource than it already provides us. For scientists to talk of inhabiting the moon embarrasses me to be a human. By the sight of it alone, somehow we take an ownership of it? Why must we tread so heavily with this conciousness we’ve been given- such a gift, yet only seemingly used for power. We would only ever curb evolution by subjecting ourself to synthetic environments and suppressing our biological self even further than we already have.

  13. beckybecky82 says:

    She’s English you twit.

  14. They are both attracting forces. That was clearly stated. See ya !

  15. gekigasky says:

    did this bitch just compare electromagnetism and gravity? im out

  16. 46:45. Geezers. Haha

  17. I wonder why there was no atmosphere or water on the moon .. when both planets acctualy have got the same matrials and all that

  18. Helo1able says:

    The BBC found one, and she hosted the show you bigot. Just in case your as stupid as I think you may be, Bigot, definition; a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own. Racist; discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race, ie; towards them picking “her”. What’s sad is you hid it behind what nationality you thought they should choose from. She represented one of them. You didn’t hide it very well.

  19. OzDracula says:

    When the moon was first formed it was 20 times closer than it is now. So why is it that the moon is almost exactly 400 times smaller than the sun and yet 400 times closer to the earth so that both heavenly bodies appear the same size? Why is it that these objects are now at just the right distances so that they can become perfectly aligned at regular intervals to create a solar eclipse, and at a time when human astronomy is around to marvel it? Coincidence or divine intervention? o.O

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