DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
You can see the moon's famous Copernicus crater tonight (June 25) along the lunar terminator — the line that separates shadow from light.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
15 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
14 May 2015, 07:49 PM ET
NASA's Kepler mission captured over 2 months of Triton's orbit of Neptune. Small moon Nereid joins in on the dance on Day 24 and some streaking asteroids make the flurry complete.
01 May 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Johann-Dietrich Wörner expressed his enthusiasm for a moon colony at the Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, a gathering of global, commercial, civil, military and "new space" experts that was held here from April 13 to April 16.
29 April 2015, 05:57 PM ET
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
29 April 2015, 05:45 PM ET
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
24 April 2015, 03:24 PM ET
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
22 April 2015, 11:29 AM ET
22 April 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Super-cold nitrogen geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton, and hot sulfurous plumes high above Jupiter’s moon Io, reveal how these fascinating worlds work. Watch ‘Secrets of the Universe’ on Hulu. http://www.hulu.com/secrets-of-the-universe
21 April 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells Space.com why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
17 April 2015, 05:36 PM ET
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
10 April 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Houston, we have... Apollo 13 custom LEGO minifigures! Launched in time for the start of the historic mission's 45th anniversary, UK-based Minifigs.me has introduced a new set of four minifigures replicating the Apollo 13 crew and their flight director.
10 April 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell "lost the moon" after a mid-flight explosion. Now, on the anniversary of his most famous liftoff, the Adler Planetarium is launching its own "Mission Moon," based on Lovell's life.
09 April 2015, 04:58 PM ET
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
06 April 2015, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's iconic Apollo moon landing mission patches come to life in a new video created by a professional animator. Cincinnati-based artist Neil Smith revealed his versions of the historic emblems in an animated clip posted to YouTube and Vimeo
06 April 2015, 10:16 AM ET
On April 4th, 2015, some skywatchers were treated to to a total lunar eclipse, which was the shortest 'Blood Moon' this century. The Griffith Observatory in California captured the event.
03 April 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Don't forget to look skyward in the early hours of the morning tomorrow (April 4), to catch a glimpse of the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, and the third of a four-eclipse "tetrad" visible from the United States.
03 April 2015, 09:33 AM ET
NASA Space Launch System first flight, names Exploration Mission-1, will not carry humans but will carry the Orion Spacecraft on a swing around the Moon.
02 April 2015, 11:50 AM ET
You're not seeing double; these are two images of the same world: icy, cratered Rhea, the second-largest natural satellite of Saturn.
02 April 2015, 07:04 AM ET
The awards set up NASA partnerships with 10 aerospace companies and one public university to develop tech in three different areas: advanced electric propulsion, human habitation and small satellites.
01 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Skywatchers in Asia and Australia will see the lunar eclipse Friday evening (April 3) after sunset, while observers in North and South America will see it Saturday morning (April 4) just before sunrise.
27 March 2015, 04:20 PM ET
New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the moon more than 4 billion years ago were vaporised into a mist of iron but stayed gravitationally stuck on more massive Earth.
27 March 2015, 03:28 AM ET
For moon shots, a rural sky is not always necessary.
27 March 2015, 03:14 AM ET
How super is a supermoon? Here's a minimoon for context.
24 March 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Neptune's moon Triton has some unique properties among the moons of the solar system, which could make it an interesting location for a space colony.
23 March 2015, 10:12 AM ET
NASA's Mojave Volatiles Prospector (MVP) is placing a suite of instruments to detect water on the Earthly desert surface. This testbed will fine tune designs for future probes to Mars, the Moon and other solar system bodies.
20 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
On Feb. 20, 2015, the planets Venus and Mars joined Earth's moon to create a dazzling sight in the night sky. See photos of the triple conjunction by Space.com readers in our gallery here.
18 March 2015, 04:08 PM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted the crater left by the powerful moon impact of March 17, 2013.
17 March 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Titania and Miranda offer up great views and places to explore, but both of the moons suffer from extreme cold and very low gravity.
12 March 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The Yutu rover found evidence of at least nine distinct rock layers deep beneath its wheels, indicating that the area has been surprisingly geologically active over the past 3.3 billion years.
09 March 2015, 11:00 PM ET
Apollo 9 lunar module pilot Rusty Schweickart had just exited his vehicle when command module pilot Dave Scott told him to hang on. Schweickart got five minutes of peace and introspection while Scott tried to fix a jammed camera.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.
24 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.