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There are many moons in the
solar system, but none like ours.

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It exerts an extraordinary influence
on Planet Earth,

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keeping our world in balance.

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But why is it so powerful?

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I want to explore the relationship
we have with our closest neighbour,

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to see how the Moon has sculpted
our planet and shaped our evolution.

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Without the Moon,
would we even be here?

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'I'm Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

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'I'm a space scientist
and a lunar fanatic.

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I've always been mad about the Moon,

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'convinced it plays a huge role
in our lives.'

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But I've always taken for granted
that it is where it

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is in the night sky,
a quarter of a million miles away.

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In this film
I'm taking nothing for granted.

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I'm going to find out
what would happen if the Moon
wasn't where it is now.

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What if the Moon
was in a different position,

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closer or further away?

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How different would our world be?

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The Moon is a ball of rock
out in space,

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but it has the power
to create great tides here on Earth.

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This is Loch Etive
on the west coast of Scotland.

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Twice a day, the Moon drags
66 million tonnes of sea water
through this loch.

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The result, white water rapids.

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The head of the loch
is like a bottleneck.

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Water is funnelled through
a very narrow channel.

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And for an hour or two,
this becomes one of the wildest,
wettest rides in the world.

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These are the Falls of Lora.

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That's what the locals call them.

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In Gaelic, "Lora" means "noisy"

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because as the
tidal waters rush out of the loch,
it gets very, very loud!

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Kayakers come from all
across the world to take the
challenge of these waters.

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But they have to paddle like mad
just to keep up.

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Even our outboard engine
is struggling with the flow.

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This is what the power of
the Moon looks like up close.

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My love affair with the Moon
began as a child.

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# I wish I was a spaceman

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# The fastest guy alive... #

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I was born in 1968,
in the age of Apollo.

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I took my first steps as
Neil Armstrong took his giant leap.

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Of course I was too young
to know what was going on.

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