the moon is spiraling away from the earth at a rate of 38 mm per year. I heard on a tv show in the past week, I forget which one, that the moon can and will break free of Earth's gravity sometime in the future. The number 25,000 was stated, but I can't recall if that was 25,000 more miles (?) to go before the moon goes bye-bye...at a rate of 38 mm per year, or about 1.49607 inches per year. I remember doing some fast calculations on my tiny calculator and got 16,000 somethings before we are in big trouble, but don't remember if I converterted this to that properly. I am positive about the 38mm per year, however. Anyone hear anything else, recently? I realize there was a similar thread about this question in 2005, but I just heard the "new" 38mm only a week ago. Serious replies, please. Thanks, Sara.