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9.21.2005

Moon Life

Whether or not there is frozen water is at the poles, and whether or not the Moon was formed from a giant impact, Paul Spudis and nearly all lunar scientists and enthusiasts agree: Life on Earth would not be the same without the Moon, and understanding it better explains life here on Earth.

Spudis points out that without the Moon's stabilizing effect on the Earth's rotational axis, life on Earth would experience extreme climate changes and also wouldn't have evolution-catalyzing tides in the oceans.

"Without the Moon we may have evolved into an intelligent race of dolphins," Spudis conjectured, only half jokingly. "And with fins instead of thumbs, we may not have had a Saturn V rocket to ever get to the Moon in the first place."

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