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Is The Moon An Artificial Orbiter?

By James Donahue

Even though we have sent men to explore its surface, and to examine it from all directions in space, the Moon appears to remain as much a mystery to us today as it has always been.

At least now we know that globe that glows in the night sky is not made of green cheese, and we think it may be impossible for a man to be living inside of it . . . or do we? Is it really a rock in space, or is it something more?

If anything, our missions to the Moon generated more questions than answers. For example, nearly all of the moon rocks returned from those missions are found by analysis to be much older than rocks found on Earth. The oldest rocks on Earth are 3.7 billion years old, while the moon rocks were calculated from 4.3 to 5.3 billion years old. Thus the Moon appears to be much older than the Earth.

This little piece of information alone seems to knock holes in the theories that the Moon was formed in a massive cloud of space dust at the same time of Earth, or that it was formed from a large piece of Earth following a cataclysmic collision with another large and drifting planet. If either theory were true, the rocks should test out to be about the same age.

Then there is what one writer called "The Idiot Theory," that the Earth's gravity captured the Moon as it was passing by and pulled it into orbit. Scientists have done computer testing of this idea and found that rather than go into orbit, an object the size of the Moon would have crashed into the Earth if it wasn't far enough away to just stay on its course and pass on by.

Thus, we really have no logical explanation of how the Moon got there. All we know is that it exists, and that its presence as an orbiter of our planet acts like a stabilizer, making it possible for life to exist on Earth.

In space, everything is weightless, but everything also has mass. Large bodies of mass, like both the Earth and the Moon, create gravity. Since the Earth is larger than the Moon, it is the dominant force, thus making the Moon its satellite. Yet the Moon's existence acts something like a gyroscope on ships at sea, and aircraft in storms; it prevents the planet from wobbling too far off its course.

The Moon's gravitational pull causes ocean tides making it possible for sea life to spawn in active, ever moving currents. It creates a natural life cycle for humans, bringing forth seasons, putting a natural hormonal clock to work in women, and doing a lot of other mysterious stuff that seems to assist us in our daily lives.

As one writer put it: "Earth life needs the Moon to function, and likewise the Moon needs the Earth to orbit. Therefore, these two bodies are essentially in a symbiotic state. To my mind, it's quite difficult to grasp the entire celestial engineering that was required for our solar system's stability."

It would seem that if a creator was going to make a perfect world on which to put mankind, it would have to have a Moon to make everything tick. Thus the Moon is there by perfect design. Yet if our creator is the Mother Earth, and our progenitor is possibly an alien visitor that picked this planet on which to place his children, then how do we explain the Moon? Its existence then appears to establish a strong argument for the existence of a Creator force that put together a perfect environment for life.

The Moon acts suspiciously like an artificial machine rather than a natural body of space rock. It circles the Earth in a perfect circular orbit, always keeping one face turned toward the Earth, something the planets and other moons around them rarely do. Only Lapetus, one of the moons circling Saturn, shows similar characteristics.

Because it doesn't whirl, people of Earth never get to see what has been traditionally called "The Dark Side of the Moon." The only pictures ever taken of the other side came from the Apollo Space missions. And of course, conspiracy theories about "whats really there" have been around. People like space writer and lecturer Richard Hoagland are suggesting that the astronauts found glass buildings and other interesting structures on the back of the Moon, and that our government is keeping it a secret.

There is a piece by writer Jim Ostrowski circling the web suggesting strongly that the moon is an artificial ball that may even have a hollow core. He argues that the physics of landing an unmanned space probe on any object in space involves a calculation of its gravitational pull, and that pull is based upon the size of the target. Early efforts by both the United States and Russia to land a probe on the Moon, however, ended in failure. Ostrowski believes this may be because the calculations were off. If the Moon is hollow, instead of a solid object, its gravitational pull would be dramatically altered

Ostrowski also points to the discovery of something he calls "mascons," or Mass Concentrations of Gravity that are found in certain places within the lunar globe. He wrote that the mascons were discovered by the Lunar Orbiter missions in the late 1960s.

"NASA reported that the gravitational pull caused by these mascons was so pronounced that the spacecraft dipped slightly and accelerated when flitting by the circular lunar plains. This showed that there must be some hidden structures of some kind of dense, heavy matter centered like a bulls eye under the circular maria," Ostrowski said.

Yet another unnamed writer reported that the astronauts found the surface of the Moon so hard, just under the loose dust layer, that they could not drill into it. "When the discarded descent stages of the space crafts fell on the Moon, NASA noted that the moon rang like a gong or bell for up to four hours after impact."

This information could not be confirmed.