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The Moon is not made out of green cheese

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16.06.2019

This is the 16th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day.

The notion that the Moon might be made of green cheese is part of storytelling, mythology, and children’s tales going back to the year 1000, found in the folklore of the Turks, the French, the Jews, and the English, among others. (Wikipedia has a remarkable accounting of fables involving the Moon being made of cheese from the last thousand years.)

The question of whether the Moon is made of green cheese came up during Apollo, and was settled definitively during the remarkable mission of the crew of Apollo 8, the first astronauts to reach the Moon. Over........

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