DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
24 December 2010, 06:54 AM ET
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has snapped some of the best-ever pictures of the Saturn moon Rhea, yielding clues about the satellite's recent tectonic rumblings.
22 December 2010, 11:38 AM ET
The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the sun in this approximately true-speed movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
21 December 2010, 12:12 PM ET
A NASA lunar probe's meticulous observations are allowing scientists to create the most precise and complete map of the moon's surface to date, researchers said.
20 December 2010, 01:29 PM ET
It appears that for about half the country, the local weather will unfortunately not cooperate for a view of tonight's big moon show.
20 December 2010, 01:08 PM ET
It appears that for about half the country, the local weather will unfortunately not cooperate for a view of tonight's big moon show.
20 December 2010, 10:34 AM ET
Simple tricks and hacks to get you tack-sharp focus on objects seen through a telescope.
20 December 2010, 10:32 AM ET
When you look out deeply into space, you look back far into time. Who might be looking back at you? When did they live? Are they still there? How long will we last? Sky-watching brings wonder...
20 December 2010, 06:53 AM ET
For a rare visual treat tonight, just look up. The evening sky on Monday (Dec. 20) will host the year's only total lunar eclipse.
19 December 2010, 10:25 AM ET
To prepare for Monday's total lunar eclipse, here are descriptions of the 12 stages of an eclipse, so you know what to look out for.
17 December 2010, 05:15 PM ET
Geophysics milestone may point scientists to source of the inner planet's roiling energy.
17 December 2010, 04:33 PM ET
A usually dim meteor shower may get a chance to shine because of a rare upcoming total eclipse.
17 December 2010, 02:56 PM ET
The upcoming Dec. 21 full moon, besides distinguishing itself from the others in 2010 by undergoing a total eclipse, will also take place on the same date as the solstice.
17 December 2010, 11:09 AM ET
If the weather is clear, favorably placed sky watchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles next week: a total eclipse of the moon.
15 December 2010, 03:49 PM ET
A massive ridge nearly encircling Saturn's moon Iapetus is likely the remains of a mini moon destroyed by Iapetus' gravity long ago, a new study suggests.
15 December 2010, 02:16 PM ET
On the night of Dec. 20-21, the moon vanishes into the Earth's shadow all across North America.
15 December 2010, 09:58 AM ET
In the teaser trailer released last week for the upcoming film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," director Michael Bay rewrites the history of the first moon landing.
14 December 2010, 10:32 AM ET
Complex molecules similar to the building blocks of life on Earth may form commonly on the Saturn moon Titan, a new study suggests.
13 December 2010, 01:36 PM ET
The moon and Jupiter will put on a celestial opening act for the Geminid meteor shower tonight.
12 December 2010, 10:04 PM ET
Saturn's famous rings are the last remaining shreds of a giant moon torn apart by the planet long ago, a new study suggests.
09 December 2010, 02:06 PM ET
Gigantic collisions on Earth, the moon and Mars 4.5 billion years ago injected precious elements such as gold and platinum into the developing worlds, new study suggests.
08 December 2010, 02:10 PM ET
The only total solar eclipse of 2010 occurred on July 11 over a remote region of the southern Pacific Ocean. See stunning photos of the spectacular celestial event.
06 December 2010, 03:32 PM ET
China is ramping up its space exploration program, with recently announced goals to build a manned space station by 2020 and send a spacecraft to Mars as early as 2013.
06 December 2010, 03:25 PM ET
China is ramping up its space program, with recently announced goals to build a manned space station by 2020 and send a spacecraft to Mars as early as 2013.
03 December 2010, 04:43 AM ET
Plan your holidays around the Dec. 20 total lunar eclipse and Geminid meteor shower, which both promise to dazzle with end-of-year cheer!
30 November 2010, 04:45 AM ET
Something the size of Mars hit the infant Earth traveling 7.5 miles per second. The Moon that formed from the material blasted outward went on to have a huge influence on how life evolved on Earth.
26 November 2010, 08:50 AM ET
The surfaces of Mars, Venus and the Moon could be suitable for farming, study suggests.
25 November 2010, 02:06 PM ET
Saturn's second-largest moon, Rhea, has a wispy atmosphere composed of oxygen and carbon dioxide, study finds. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected Rhea's atmosphere during a flyby.
24 November 2010, 12:33 PM ET
Russia has begun some ambitious space projects, including a new automatic sealing system to protect spacecraft from space junk, and a nuclear-powered space propulsion system.
22 November 2010, 09:59 AM ET
Why so many variations among smaller celestial bodies? From super-hard nickel-steel chunks to loose fluffy rubble conglomerations; some are even paired objects, a few of which have hit the Earth. Astrophysicists explain the range of asteroids.
20 November 2010, 08:33 AM ET
The tiny asteroid 2010 WA that zipped by the Earth this week is the second-fastest spinning asteroid ever seen, astronomers say.
19 November 2010, 09:11 AM ET
First Flight for NASA's New Moon Rocket
16 November 2010, 05:33 PM ET
A tiny asteroid will zip close by Earth Nov. 16 at a range much closer than the moon, but poses no threat of striking our planet.
16 November 2010, 04:10 PM ET
A tiny asteroid will zip close by Earth Nov. 16 at a range much closer than the moon, but poses no threat of striking our planet.
15 November 2010, 02:48 PM ET
Our large, natural satellite always presents the same face to the Earth because it completes one orbit of Earth in about the same span of time Earth completes one rotation.
11 November 2010, 05:28 PM ET
A new company called Made in Space wants to launch 3-D printers and use them to make parts for spacecraft and space stations, which would be assembled in orbit.
11 November 2010, 04:32 PM ET
A new company called Made in Space wants to launch 3-D printers and use them to make parts for spacecraft and space stations, which would be assembled in orbit.