Space Science Subject Library

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The minute Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar lander onto the surface of the moon, the Earth got smaller. We began to see our planet as a whole planet, as a global system, fueled by the sun and nourished by rocks. Our exploration of space has revolutionized exploration of Earth and its oceans.

For the first time ever, oceanographers could observe complex features of the ocean's surface and witness the movements of waves and currents over thousands of miles. They were provided a picture far larger and far more complex than ever before imagined.

In this section, we will examine current scientific thinking about the origins of the Universe and our planet. By gaining an understanding of the cosmic forces that govern the Universe, we can better appreciate the place our own planet occupies in the cosmic web. We will explore the scientific basis for the formation of Earth, its oceans and its creatures. Both space science and ocean science have contributed to our understanding of these origins and the story they reveal has important implications for the future of humans on our planet.

Space Science Origins of the universe
Space Science Birth of  planet Earth
Space Science Origins of our moon
Space Science Why Earth has seasons