Bringing Down the Moon by Jonathan Emmett

By Jonathan Emmett

Hot-diggerty! Whatever's that?" exclaims Mole as he burrows out of the floor one evening and catches sight of the moon. He thinks it is the most lovely factor he is ever visible and he desires it, so he units approximately attempting to pull it down - to no avail. whilst all his efforts end up to be in useless, he all of sudden notices the moon's in a puddle at his ft and reaches to select it up and breaks it. terrible Mole is inconsolable, until eventually he's proven that the moon isn't damaged in any respect, yet simply as appealing as ever, putting within the sky like a brilliant silver coin. And it isn't as close to because it seems to be!

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The Sumerians of Mesopotamia (now Iraq) knew of the planet as long as 5,000 years ago, and ancient astronomers of lands also studied its and many other India, China, movements. Because Mercury appears only briefly at sunrise or sunset, was often mistaken for two or more different objects. The Maya people of Central America saw the planet as four "Skull Owls" messengers from the underworld. Mercury's swift movement through the sky led to its being seen as a messenger. The Babylonians called it Nabu the messenger god and the god of writing.

D. the spheres around the Earth, Greek-Egyptian with small Ptolemy suggested that the circles called epicycles to help explain their movements. planets all scientist circled Earth attached to transparent spheres made of crystal. Johannes Kepler (iE7i-tE3oj The German astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler made many important telescope. He discoveries, realized that planets ellipses rather than circles, though he rarely used move around a the Sun in obeying three laws of planetary motion. His discovery of these laws paved the way for Isaac Newton's discovery of the laws of gravity.

The probe took advantage of an unusual alignment between Earth, Venus, and Mercury . ^\ —^ in early 1974. First where J itself it down and Mercury's orbit. This known as a it flew to Venus, used Venus's gravity to slow redirect is gravity assist, that was probes to the outer planets, but it toward the same principle, later in this used to send case the technique was used to slow down the probe rather than speed it up. flight, the probe and approached Despite several problems during the passed Venus on February Mercury for the first time 5, 1974, in late March.

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