Asked by Keith Barnes
Studying the Moon provides a unique method for learning about the history of the Earth and the formation of the Solar System. The Moon and Earth were both formed during the creation of our Solar System, approximately 4.6 billion years ago. In contrast to the Earth, whose surface is constantly recycled due to plate tectonics, the surface of our Moon has remained relatively unchanged ever since this time. Studying the Moon allows us to further understand our celestial neighbour, but also helps us to unravel processes that the young Earth may have experienced in the early Solar System.
Answered by Zoe Bailey at the the National Space Centre
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