The Moon is being pulled toward the Earth, but it’s forward momentum causes it to miss Earth each time it goes around by a wide margin. This is called an orbit.
let it be known that because the oceans slosh around on Earth as it
rotates about it’s axis (these are called ocean tides), the speed of
Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down. Billions of years ago a day
on Earth was only about 8 hours, and now it continues to slow down. We
compensate this twice a year by adding leap-seconds as needed.
slowing of the earth’s rotation causes the moon to drift further away
from us every year by about 1.5 inches, so eventually the Moon will
escape Earth altogether and drift away.
It will never crash into Earth.
This would be so cool. Everyone would want one, even if they couldn’t afford it. But is the concept possible?
Well, the short answer is no. It’s not possible.
To understand that “no” requires a little bit of understanding in orbitology.
You see height is not the only problem when you want to stay up in space. If you want to stay up there for sometime you’ll need to be in orbit. To get in orbit you’ve got to go really, really fast – like around 17,000 mph fast.
That’s because an orbit simply put is when an object is going so fast in one direction that as it falls it misses the planet. You’ve got to be going a lot faster than a speeding bullet.
So if you had a vehicle in your garage that could not only fly like a plane, but could continue to fly above the atmosphere and get going 17,000 mph, then you\d be bad ass.
But you can’t and you won’t, because to do all that takes a lot of fuel. That’s why we have these big ol’ rockets boosting satellites and astronauts into space. Those big ol’ rockets are filled with fuel. Once the fuel is expended then the big ol’ rocket isn’t needed anymore and it’s detached to fall back to Earth.
So sadly, the idea of having a small shuttle that you park in your garage and fly into space is just not going to happen. Ever. Sorry!