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How did Earth get its name?

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The planet Earth's name is a German/English word which translates to "ground." The name "Earth" is around 1,000 years old and is derived from the Old English words ertha and eor(th)e, and the German word "erde."

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Earth is the only planet in the solar system capable of supporting biological life, while also providing everything needed to survive, including a sufficient, protective atmosphere. The atmosphere on Earth is made up of mostly nitrogen and oxygen and does a good job of protecting Earth and its inhabitants from the sun's deadly radiation. Earth is the fifth-largest planet in the solar system and is the third-closest planet to the sun or the center of the solar system.

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