DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
16 November 2010, 04:10 PM ET
A tiny asteroid will zip close by Earth Nov. 16 at a range much closer than the moon, but poses no threat of striking our planet.
15 November 2010, 02:48 PM ET
Our large, natural satellite always presents the same face to the Earth because it completes one orbit of Earth in about the same span of time Earth completes one rotation.
11 November 2010, 05:28 PM ET
A new company called Made in Space wants to launch 3-D printers and use them to make parts for spacecraft and space stations, which would be assembled in orbit.
11 November 2010, 04:32 PM ET
A new company called Made in Space wants to launch 3-D printers and use them to make parts for spacecraft and space stations, which would be assembled in orbit.
11 November 2010, 02:02 PM ET
The far side of the moon is forever hidden from the naked eye on Earth, but a new math formula explains its craggy appearance.
08 November 2010, 04:24 PM ET
An unmanned Chinese probe has photographed the moon's Bay of Rainbows, where the nation plans to make its first-ever lunar landing in 2013.
01 November 2010, 06:51 PM ET
Saturn's rings shake and shimmy spontaneously like a miniature version of our own Milky Way galaxy, a new study suggests.
30 October 2010, 07:55 PM ET
The first extraterrestrial mining operation in human history will likely start up on the moon, thanks to its ample and relatively accessible stores of water ice. Mining the moon will be easier than mining asteroids or Mars, experts say.
28 October 2010, 01:02 PM ET
Two NASA spacecraft have begun a new mission, switching their focus from the Earth to the moon.
28 October 2010, 11:03 AM ET
Is the moon on the way to Mars?
28 October 2010, 08:05 AM ET
Is the moon on the way to Mars?
27 October 2010, 08:52 AM ET
NASA's LCROSS Mission discovers an unexpectedly large amount of water in Cabeus crater on the Moon.'s Dave Brody explains why having water resources in space is so vital to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts.
22 October 2010, 06:33 PM ET
Starting Oct. 21, the Local Air & Space Administration started selling mineral water infused with bits of the moon, Mars and faraway stars. caught up with LASA's director, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats, to chat about space, science and what i
21 October 2010, 02:02 PM ET
A frigid crater at the lunar south pole is jam-packed with water ice and lots of other compounds, suggesting that the moon has an intricate water cycle and may even harbor enough resources to support manned bases.
21 October 2010, 02:01 PM ET
NASA bombed the moon for science in October 2009 using the LCROSS spacecraft.
21 October 2010, 01:14 PM ET
Stunning new photos from space show the moon passing in front of the sun.
19 October 2010, 09:32 PM ET
The space company Bigelow Aerospace has found a set of early clients for its private space stations.
19 October 2010, 07:42 AM ET
A new collapsible "greenhouse" could be the key to growing fresh and healthy food to sustain future lunar or Martian colonies, a recent project found.
18 October 2010, 07:15 PM ET
NASA will hold a media teleconference Thursday (Oct. 21) to discuss findings from a mission that intentionally crashed a probe into the moon last year to look for water ice.
18 October 2010, 07:38 AM ET
It's always been tough for astronomers to weigh a star directly, but new research sketches out a good way to do it — as long as the planets (and moons) align.
16 October 2010, 07:45 AM ET
Selected teams can compete for $30 million in NASA funding on top of the $30-million Google Lunar X Prize.
15 October 2010, 12:43 PM ET
The recent revelation that a NASA photo was touched up before being released to the public is not evidence that the space agency has something to hide. NASA routinely processes raw images to enhance details, or to visualize things the human eye could neve
13 October 2010, 07:45 AM ET
Five of Saturn's inner moons are engaged in a cosmic paintball fight, pelting each other with particles that leave bright, colorful splotches and bands.
13 October 2010, 07:22 AM ET
The best time to observe the Moon is during its first quarter phase. Along the line dividing day and night on the moon, shadows are long and its features stand out.
11 October 2010, 11:33 AM ET
NASA has advised contractors to anticipate reduced spending on the moon-bound Constellation program it plans to cancel, prompting a new round of contractor layoffs.
09 October 2010, 08:57 AM ET
India's second mission to the moon took one step closer to launch Monday when the nation's space agency announced it had finalized the mission's payloads.
07 October 2010, 03:08 PM ET
The hazy atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon may contain complex organic molecules that are the building blocks of life as we know it, a new study suggests.
06 October 2010, 04:39 PM ET
China’s new moon probe arrived at its destination today (Oct.6) after firing its braking thrusters to enter into lunar orbit, according to state media reports.
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.