DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
05 October 2010, 02:46 PM ET
If astronauts ever visit the asteroid Lutetia, they may have to strap on some snowshoes to avoid sinking beneath its nearly half-mile-thick layer of dust.
05 October 2010, 01:23 PM ET
The mysterious icy jets erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus--discovered by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2005--may have their roots in a bubbly "Perrier ocean" flowing beneath the moon's frozen surface, a new study finds.
04 October 2010, 06:51 PM ET
Twenty-two teams who aim to land a spacecraft on the moon will gather this week on the Isle of Man for the Google Lunar X Prize Summit.
04 October 2010, 08:10 AM ET
Mining the moon may turn up a bounty of rare earth elements vital for national security.
01 October 2010, 03:45 PM ET
When the unmanned moon probe launched by China today (Oct. 1) arrives at its destination next week, it will target a specific zone on the lunar surface to scout out future landing sites, the country's state-run media reports.
01 October 2010, 09:28 AM ET
China launched its second moon probe Chang'e 2 Oct. 1 to begin a new phase of lunar exploration.
01 October 2010, 09:02 AM ET
Comet Hartley 2's path on the sky makes it appear especially close to the Moon on October 28th 2010.
30 September 2010, 06:48 PM ET
NASA's new space exploration program may be skewed toward asteroids and Mars, but a return to Earth's moon is not completely lost.
30 September 2010, 08:08 AM ET
China plans to launch Chang'e-2, its second-ever lunar probe, this weekend, possibly as early as Friday (Oct. 1).
28 September 2010, 03:20 PM ET
NASA's new Orion space capsule is steadily coming together in preparation for a 2013 launch, even though the craft's mission and funding are in limbo at the moment.
28 September 2010, 12:36 PM ET
A screening of previously lost tapes from the Apollo 11 mission – including footage of Neil Armstrong's iconic descent from the lunar module to the surface of the moon – will take place in Australia next week, according to news reports.
27 September 2010, 08:00 AM ET
One of Mars' moons probably coalesced from rubble thrown into space after a comet or meteorite slammed into the Red Planet, a new study has found.
25 September 2010, 11:31 PM ET
A NASA spacecraft got a great look at Titan yesterday, probing the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon to see how it changes as the seasons turn.
24 September 2010, 02:30 PM ET
Thoughts and observations from Shuttle / Apollo / Gemini astronaut John Young on why Humanity needs to continue exploring and expanding beyond the bounds of Earth and, especially, to the Moon. Capt. Young turned 80 years old on September 24th 2010.
23 September 2010, 11:49 AM ET
See Neptune's moon Triton up close with new footage released from the 1989 flyby of the Voyager 2 probe.
23 September 2010, 10:24 AM ET
A bright Harvest moon ushered in the changing seasons on Earth late Wednesday (Sept. 22).
23 September 2010, 09:54 AM ET
The rare cosmic triple play of Jupiter, Uranus and the full moon is dazzling amateur astronomers this week in a bright night sky show.
23 September 2010, 07:54 AM ET
When packing for a manned mission to Mars or the moon, the best thing to bring may not be food or fuel, but specially-designed organisms that can create those things for you.
22 September 2010, 03:56 PM ET
A new robot moon landing mission is being designed for the European Space Agency.
21 September 2010, 07:41 AM ET
This Wednesday there will be a spectacular triple conjunction of the harvest moon, Jupiter, and Uranus.
20 September 2010, 06:08 PM ET
The presence of water on the moon may be a boon for future manned bases, but new research suggests it might also put a major crimp in plans for ambitious telescopes on the lunar surface.
19 September 2010, 11:32 AM ET
Skywatchers around the world gazed at the lunar surface Sept. 18, but only one place allowed them to watch NASA fire lasers at the moon.
19 September 2010, 09:46 AM ET
Skywatchers around the world spent a night with the moon Sept. 18 during the first International Observe the Moon Night.
18 September 2010, 01:01 AM ET
Skywatchers can get their lunar fix Sept. 18 at three NASA space centers as part of the first International Observe the Moon Night.
17 September 2010, 07:30 AM ET
This weekend brings the first global moon-watching event inspired by those who are curious about the moon. Here is how to see it.
16 September 2010, 02:02 PM ET
A new map of the moon's craters and study of lunar mineralogy offer insights into the moon's past.
16 September 2010, 12:07 PM ET
A NASA moon probe wraps up the exploration phase of its mission today, moving on to new things after gathering data that helped transform our understanding of Earth's nearest neighbor.
16 September 2010, 07:37 AM ET
On Saturday Sept. 18, the world is invited to celebrate the first annual International Observe the Moon Night.
16 September 2010, 07:37 AM ET
Stargazers can get a great look at Jupiter on any clear night for the rest of September. The giant planet, always bright, will be especially hard to miss as it makes its closest pass to Earth for the year.
15 September 2010, 03:50 PM ET
A new photo shows the Earth and moon as seen from deep space by a NASA probe near the sun.
10 September 2010, 02:55 PM ET
China is planning to launch a second moon probe later this year.
10 September 2010, 11:24 AM ET
The moon has long drawn the eye of nighttime skywatchers, but it will take center stage this month.
08 September 2010, 01:46 PM ET
A big, bug-like NASA rover that could one day carry heavy loads on the moon is getting a chance to stretch its six legs in the Arizona desert this week.
24 August 2010, 12:54 PM ET
The moon is tricky. Just when you think it's full, celestial mechanics throws a curveball.
23 August 2010, 03:55 PM ET
The moon's orbit is not circular. So this moon will be less impressive than others.
21 July 2010, 01:06 PM ET
A mineral found in a volcanic rock from the moon's surface was discovered to contain elements that could point to a "wetter" climate in the moon's past, according to the researchers of a new study.