Astronomer Doris Daou explains how the forces of speed and gravity keep the Moon in a constant orbit around Earth in this animated video segment adapted from NASA. The Moon, Earth's natural satellite, seems to hover in the sky, unaffected by gravity. However, the reason the Moon stays in orbit is precisely because of gravity -- a universal force that attracts objects. With the right combination of speed and gravity, satellites can fall around, instead of into, the body that they orbit. In this animated video segment adapted from NASA, learn about how the Moon stays in orbit around Earth.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.