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What Makes Up the Moon?

Oct 19, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney

The Apollo 11 landing was a chance to do some cool moon science, and the findings are cleverly animated in this documentary by Sharon Shattuck and Ian Cheney. Commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center NY, Shattuck and Cheney's film weaves the tale of Narcissus with the story of how astronauts planted retroreflector mirrors on the moon (called the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment). "Up until the moon landings, even with the most powerful telescopes we had, we could only guess about what it really was and where it really came from," says Michael D. Lemonick, a science writer. More than a geopolitical mission, the moon landing gave us surprising and fascinating clues about what makes up the strange orb that illuminates our night sky.

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