DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
NASA’s New Horizons snapped the big dwarf planet and its nearby moon for 5 days (July 19th-24th, 2014). Charon is 750 - 753 miles diameter, the largest known compared to the size of its host planet. Some consider Pluto-Charon a binary planet.
11 August 2014, 10:52 AM ET
Photographers around the world ventured outside Sunday (Aug. 10) to snap photos of the bright, full 'supermoon' rising in the night sky.
10 August 2014, 06:52 AM ET
The largest full moon of 2014 rises today (Aug. 10), and even if you don't have a clear view of the sky, you can still catch the cosmic action live online.
08 August 2014, 01:18 PM ET
Many skywatchers love August because the ever-reliable Perseid meteor shower peaks mid-month, but unfortunately, this year's usually brilliant meteor display may be spoiled by a bright full moon.
30 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Tidal forces exerted during the solar system's youth can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online today (July 30) in the journal Nature.
29 July 2014, 10:21 AM ET
On July 31st, 1964, NASA's Ranger became first U.S. probe to deliver up-close images of the surface of the moon, right up until the moment of impact. It returned 4300 photos during its 3 day mission.
28 July 2014, 05:19 PM ET
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.
26 July 2014, 01:04 AM ET
Fix your gaze upon the moon.
25 July 2014, 07:25 AM ET
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.
25 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Is the moon made of green cheese? Is it a hollow spaceship? Apollo 11 helped put these and other ideas to rest.
24 July 2014, 05:01 PM ET
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.
23 July 2014, 01:30 PM ET
The United States is outsourcing space exploration to other countries, something that should be a cause for concern.
23 July 2014, 07:24 AM ET
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.
23 July 2014, 06:46 AM ET
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.
20 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
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.
18 July 2014, 10:26 AM ET
On the second day of their historic mission to land on the moon for the first time, the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong (commander), Mike Collins (command module pilot) and Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) received a small gift from Mission Control.
17 July 2014, 06:12 PM ET
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.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Mike Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin blasted into space 45 years ago today (July 16) on Apollo 11's history-making mission to the moon.
14 July 2014, 03:43 PM ET
When the spectacular supermoon emerged on Saturday (July 12), so did shutterbugs around the world. Space.com readers from around the world sent in amazing photos of the amazing lunar display.
14 July 2014, 06:01 AM ET
On Monday, Aldrin will participate in a live Google Hangout with Space.com, discussing the upcoming 45 th anniversary of his historic Apollo 11 moon mission, the future of lunar exploration and other topics.
12 July 2014, 07:27 AM ET
Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this SPACE.com infographic.
06 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
04 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The moon and Mars will rendezvous in the night sky Saturday, putting on a spectacular show. Some skywatchers will even see the moon blot out the Red Planet in an event known as an occultation.
28 June 2014, 07:05 AM ET
Jupiter will end its brilliant year-long showing on Sunday evening (June 29) with a rendezvous with a young and slender crescent moon. Both objects will sit low on the horizon in the twilight sky.
16 June 2014, 11:45 AM ET
Earth's gravitational pull is so powerful that it creates a small bulge on the surface of the moon. For the first time, scientists have observed this bump from orbit, using NASA satellites.
12 June 2014, 05:15 PM ET
Heat shining from the young Earth could help solve the more than 50-year-old mystery of why the far side of the moon, which faces away from Earth, lacks the dark, vast expanses of volcanic rock that define the face of the Man in the Moon as seen from Ea
03 June 2014, 10:24 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the dark and shadowed regions of the Moon that fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike.
23 May 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Looking low toward the east beginning at around 4:30 a.m. local daylight time, you'll see a narrow waning crescent moon, just 12 percent illuminated. Situated about 2 degrees below and to its left will be the brilliant planet Venus.
21 May 2014, 11:48 PM ET
Material blasted off Mars from meteor impacts may have scarred the surface of Phobos, one of the Red Planet's two tiny moons, a new study suggests.
19 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
NASA has shortlisted three potential commercial partners for non-funded agreements as part of the agency's quest to land robotic spacecraft on the moon.
15 May 2014, 10:39 AM ET
Signals beamed from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico penetrated deep into the moon. They then bounced back and were detected by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, at 330 feet (100 m) wide, the planet's biggest fully steerable radio telescope
09 May 2014, 06:15 AM ET
See the latest images of the moon from NASA's LRO spacecraft.
03 May 2014, 01:36 AM ET
A unique camera system is helping open the moon to next-generation exploration.
02 May 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 HL129 will fly nearly 187,000 miles away (.7 Lunar distance) from Earth on its closest approach on May 3rd, 2014. It is an estimated 32-feet-wide.
02 May 2014, 07:10 AM ET
A crowdfunded team of engineers, programmers and citizen scientists aims to bring out of retirement the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) probe, which launched in 1978 and ceased science operations in 1997.
26 April 2014, 03:30 AM ET
The 1994 eclipse — when a dragon ate the sun.