DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
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.
23 February 2015, 05:22 PM ET
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
23 February 2015, 01:16 PM ET
This is definitely a new kind of space race. Two teams competing in a private moon competition have teamed up to get to the lunar surface by the end of next year, potentially sowing the seeds for a lunar NASCAR race.
18 February 2015, 05:14 PM ET
Mars, Venus and the moon will meet up in a particularly beautiful cosmic display Friday. If you've been watching the evening twilight sky over the past few weeks, you will have seen the brilliant planet Venus gradually moving away from the sun, setting sl
18 February 2015, 12:29 PM ET
The online observatory Slooh will broadcast real-time views of the new moon on Thursday, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
13 February 2015, 04:28 PM ET
On Feb. 19, a "supermoon" — a special event when the moon is full and also at its closest point to Earth in orbit — will occur. But unfortunately, it will be invisible to skywatchers on Earth.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
09 February 2015, 02:55 PM ET
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
06 February 2015, 08:44 PM ET
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system.
04 February 2015, 12:24 PM ET
This NASA animation flips the Moon’s phases and libration (wobble) to a vantage point beyond the lunar ‘far side’ from which our Earth’s phases can also be seen.
03 February 2015, 03:19 PM ET
If your sky is clear early this evening, about an hour after sundown, you might be able to see the February full moon — sometimes known as the 'Snow Moon' — shining with the giant planet Jupiter in the east-northeast sky. Jupiter should be located to the
03 February 2015, 12:30 PM ET
A new video from NASA reveals amazing new images of an asteroid zipping through space while a small moon orbits it.
02 February 2015, 09:57 AM ET
NASA's Deep Space Network radar (Goldstone, CA + Green Bank, WV) obtained this enhanced view of Asteroid 2004 BL86 which has its own natural satellite.
28 January 2015, 06:20 PM ET
The stars and constellations seen from Mars would be similar to those seen from Earth, but the Red Planet's two moons would be quite a sight for Martian explorers.
26 January 2015, 06:35 PM ET
NASA Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California obtained radar imagery of asteroid 2004 BL86, that flew by Earth at ~3.1 times the distance of the Moon on Jan. 26th, 2015.
26 January 2015, 11:45 AM ET
Five teams just hit their milestones — totaling more than $5 million — in the race for the Google Lunar XPrize.
26 January 2015, 11:12 AM ET
ESA is developing its vision for lunar exploration. This film details all moon missions date and projects future robotic and extended human missions on the surface.
23 January 2015, 07:29 AM ET
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
21 January 2015, 01:01 PM ET
These rocky bodies' magnetic fields were apparently generated by the same process that drives Earth's global magnetic activity and could have persisted for hundreds of millions of years after the objects' formation, researchers said.
07 January 2015, 07:11 AM ET
The moon harbors lots of potentially valuable raw materials, but it's hard to pinpoint one that will drive an entire extractive industry, experts say.
30 December 2014, 07:02 AM ET
Rocky, close-orbiting exoplanets may be stretched out by their parent stars' gravity, researchers say. Such worlds would be extremely hot and and likely inhospitable to life.
24 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Nowadays, astronauts on the International Space Station can record video messages, talk with their family on the ground and have holiday parties in orbit. But the first Christmas humans spent in space, back in 1968, was a little different.
04 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The moon once had a magnetic heart, which helped the moon generate a magnetic field stronger than Earth's is now, researchers say.
04 December 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule was built with capabilities to travel further than any humans have ever been. NASA engineer Nujoud Merancy explains explains what it can do.
03 December 2014, 05:17 AM ET
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.
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
21 November 2014, 10:40 AM ET
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.
21 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
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.
19 November 2014, 08:40 PM ET
Learn how Earth’s moon formed, how its orbit affects Earth’s tides, why solar and lunar eclipses happen and the history of lunar exploration.
19 November 2014, 10:49 AM ET
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.
07 November 2014, 09:58 PM ET
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.
05 November 2014, 01:50 PM ET
China made its first round-trip mission to the moon with a robotic spacecraft in October and November of 2014. See photos from the flight, China's fourth moon mission, in this Space.com gallery.
05 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.