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Subject: Can the Moon be knocked out of orbit, into the Earth?

Date: Thu Mar 1 11:20:10 2007
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Something that has always bugged me... how stable is the orbit of the moon
around the Earth? If a decent size explosion or impact were to hit it, could it
in fact change orbit and "Spiral out of control" into the Earth? Not whether it
can be knocked as a billiard ball would be, but is it's orbit delicate enough to
be unbalanced and cause it to eventually hit the Earth?

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