Frequently Asked Questions: The Moon

Q. How does the moon shine?
A. There is no such thing as 'moonshine'. The moon reflects light from the sun to our eyes. If the sun is not shining on the moon, we cannot see it.

Q. If you look at the moon in the daytime, why is the sun directly behind you?
A. The moon shines because it reflects light from the sun which is behind us off its mirror-like surface back to our eyes.

Q. On July 20th 1969, who said "One small step for man, one giant step for mankind"?
A. This was said by Neil Armstrong who was the first astronaut to set foot on the moon.

Q. Which Apollo 11 astronaut did not walk on the moon?
A. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did walk on the moon. The third astronaut, Michael Collins, did not.