Moons — also called satellites — come in many shapes, sizes and types. They are generally solid bodies, and few have atmospheres. Most of the planetary moons probably formed from the discs of gas and dust circulating around planets in the early solar system. So, enjoy a range of interesting solar system moon facts.
2. Mars’ smallest moon, Deimos, has an escape velocity of 5.2 m/s, meaning that if you were take a running jump while on it, you will launch off like a slow rocket.
3. In 1670, an astronomer calculated the speed of light solely by observing the orbits of Jupiter’s moon Io. He noticed differences in expected and observed traverses of Io based on Earth’s proximity to Jupiter.
4. Io, Jupiter’s nearest orbiting “Galilean” moon is the most geologically active object in the Solar System.