Earth's Moon: Formation, Composition and Orbit

Scientists say a giant impact knocked off the raw ingredients for the moon off the primitive molten Earth and into orbit.
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record
Opportunity's Journey Exceeds 25 Miles
July 28th, 2014
As of Sunday (July 27), Opportunity had traveled a total of 25.01 miles on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. The record had been held by the Soviet Union's remote-controlled Lunokhod 2 rover, which covered 24.2 miles on the moon in 1973.
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Bunnies on the Moon? 7 Lunar Myths Apollo 11 Debunked
Apollo 11 East Crater
July 25th, 2014
Is the moon made of green cheese? Is it a hollow spaceship? Apollo 11 helped put these and other ideas to rest.
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New Space Race? US Eyes Asteroids as Other Nations Shoot for the Moon
Buzz Aldrin and Flag During First Moon Landing
July 23rd, 2014
In the four decades since Apollo, no humans have landed on the moon. While NASA has no concrete plans to send astronauts back, other nations are talking about going there.
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My Love Affair with the Moon (Op-Ed)
The first quarter moon
July 25th, 2014
Fix your gaze upon the moon.
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See the Moon, Mercury and Venus Before Sunrise Friday
Mercury and Venus, July 2014
July 24th, 2014
Mercury and Venus will star in an early morning meet-up with the moon Friday (July 24). Both planets can be seen low in the east-northeast roughly 45 minutes before sunrise.
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Home, Sweet, Moon Cave: Astronauts Could Live in 'Lunar Pits' (Video)
Pit Crater on Mare Tranquillitatis
July 23rd, 2014
Scientists have found hundreds of small pits on the lunar surface that could provide shelter to astronauts exploring the moon. Some of the pits, which are primarily located inside larger craters on the moon, are nearly 3,000 feet wide.
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Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 17, 1969: Course Correction to Reach the Moon
Apollo 11 crew
July 17th, 2014
Following a flawless launch the day before, the Apollo 11 crew continued their historic journey to the moon on July 17, 1969. Landing at the Sea of Tranquility was scheduled for July 20.
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Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say
Lunar Base With Earthrise
July 25th, 2014
As the world celebrates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap to the moon, some people are eyeing the celestial body's bounty of resources. But it's unclear at the moment who is allowed to extract and profit from the moon's resources.
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45 Years After Moon Landing, NASA is MIA (Op-Ed)
The logo of NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
July 23rd, 2014
The United States is outsourcing space exploration to other countries, something that should be a cause for concern.
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'One Giant Leap': As Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45, NASA Aims for Mars
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon in 1969
July 20th, 2014
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong clambered down the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar lander and pressed his boot into the moon's gray dirt — a simple step that stands as perhaps the most memorable moment in all of human history.
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