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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Moon's Long-Ago Magnetic Field May Have Trumped Earth's
Billions of years ago, the moon may have had a magnetic field stronger than Earth's is now, scientists say.
December 4th, 2014
The moon once had a magnetic heart, which helped the moon generate a magnetic field stronger than Earth's is now, researchers say.
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NASA's 1st Deep-Space Capsule in 40 Years Ready for Launch Debut
NASA's Orion capsule sits atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket inside the  Mobile Service Tower at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its first test flight, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 4, 2014.
December 1st, 2014
NASA's Orion space capsule is scheduled to travel 3,600 miles from Earth on Dec. 4, then rocket back to Earth to test out a variety of systems during an unmanned flight. No human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled so far since 1972.
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Sun to Outshine Spectacular Cosmic Alignment Saturday
Conjunction of Nov. 22, 2014
November 21st, 2014
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
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Private Moon Mission Aims to Drill Into Lunar South Pole by 2024
Artist's concept of the robotic Lunar Mission One touching down at the moon's south pole in 2024.
November 19th, 2014
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.
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China's 1st Round-Trip Moon Shot Sets Stage for Bigger Lunar Feats
Retrieval Team Inspects China's Lunar Test Capsule
November 5th, 2014
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.
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China Has Big Plans to Explore the Moon and Mars
Chang'e 5 Robotic Lunar Sample Return Craft
December 3rd, 2014
China is ramping up its space activities, with plans for a large space station as well as ambitious missions to the moon and Mars in the coming years.
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Binary Earth-Size Planets Possible Around Distant Stars
Imminent Planetary Collision
November 21st, 2014
Binary Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. Simulations suggest such worlds can begin circling each other after slow, grazing collisions.
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Israeli XPrize Mission Science Twist: Map Lunar Magnetism (Op-Ed)
SpaceIL Google Lunar XPrize spacecraft concpetion
November 7th, 2014
SpaceIL is hoping to not only land an Israeli craft on the moon, but also learn a bit about lunar magnetism while the lander is there.
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