DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
04 September 2014, 03:28 PM ET
NASA's Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt is having a few clumsy moments, struggling with his sample collection bag and falling down on the moon.
02 September 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Electric sparks might have helped break down lunar soil, suggesting the moon may be significantly more active than previously thought. The phenomenon may take place throughout the solar system, from Mercury to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
30 August 2014, 09:03 AM ET
Look up this Labor Day weekend to see a lovely celestial tableau in the southwestern part of the evening sky.
28 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
28 August 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force's X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014.
22 August 2014, 07:41 PM ET
Hakuto's rovers will team up to explore lunar caves.
22 August 2014, 07:35 PM ET
Tag-team robot rovers may help usher in a new era of lunar exploration.
21 August 2014, 06:37 PM ET
The probe passed within 25,000 miles (40,000 km) of the Neptune moon in August 1989. Highly detailed maps from Voyager were used to recreate the surface colors. Full Story: http://goo.gl/FdROmX
19 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.
19 August 2014, 10:45 AM ET
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
11 August 2014, 04:20 PM ET
All-Sky (ultra wide-field) cameras, in 6 U.S. locations, captured the incandescent death of multiple meteors from the annual shower (peaks August 11-13, 2014). Though post “Supermoon,” the still-bright satellite will reduce meteor strike visibility.
11 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Space.com readers sent in their best shots of the August 2014 'supermoon.'
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.