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Moon and Earth :

Soil is lower-case “earth.” And in most uses even the planet itself remains humbly in lower-case letters: “peace on earth.”

But in astronomical contexts, the Earth comes into its own with a proud initial capital, and in science fiction it drops the introductory article and becomes “Earth,” just like Mars and Venus.

A similar pattern applies to Earth’s satellite: “shine on, harvest moon,” but “from the Earth to the Moon.”

Because other planets also have moons, it never loses its article.

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