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On The Moon

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

Moon subsection in the Hall of Meteorites displaying four lunar meteorites, images, graphics and text. C. Chesek/©AMNH

The Moon’s Long Memory

The craters on the Moon are a historical record of asteroid impacts—on Earth as well as the Moon.

For the last three billion years, asteroid impacts have been almost the only event to shape the Moon's surface. Unlike Earth, the Moon has no life, and almost no geologic activity or water. It also lacks an atmosphere, so it has no wind or weather. It also lacks an atmo