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Full Moon from space. View of the Moon from a spacecraft, showing parts of both its near and far side. At left is part of the near side, with dark "seas" (Mare). Mare Fecunditatis is centre left; Mare Crisium is at upper left; Mare Tranquilliti- tatis is the large sea (extreme left). Part of the well cratered far side of the Moon, not usually seen from Earth, is at right. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Its diameter is 3476km, lying some 384,000km away from Earth. The Moon's rotation period around the Earth (27.3 days) is equal to its period of revolution, so it keeps the same face turned to the Earth.
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