DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
04 March 2014, 04:26 PM ET
LiftPort Group of Seattle seems to think so. This private company proposes launching rockets from Earth to a 'Lagrange Point PicoGravity Lab' where cargo can be transferred to and from the lunar surface.
03 March 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 DX110 will come within 218,000 miles of Earth on its closest approach on March 5th, 2014. It is about 90 feet wide.
25 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Venus has returned to the early morning sky, establishing itself as a dazzling morning lantern. The planet is emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon soon after 4:00 a.m. local standard time.
21 February 2014, 07:20 AM ET
Early on Saturday morning (Feb. 22), if skies are clear, you’ll have an opportunity to catch sight of the last quarter moon pairing off the ringed wonder of the solar system, Saturn.
09 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Night sky photographers Erwin Matys and Karoline Mrazek captured this amazing view of the young moon over El Hierro Island in the Canary Island. See how they did it here.
06 February 2014, 03:50 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of the brightest object in its twilight sky, Earth and its orbiting Moon. The rover's Mast Camera imaged them on January 31st, 2014, its 529th day on the Red Planet.
05 February 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The Ranger fleet of spacecraft enabled live transmissions of the moon from lunar orbit.
03 February 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Shimizu Corporation is developing plans to install a belt of solar cells around the equator of the Moon to beam energy via safe microwaves and lasers to Earth. A 2035 construction start date would mark 50 years the company has been planning this.
03 February 2014, 06:28 AM ET
Previous modeling work had suggested that Earth's axial tilt would vary wildly over long time spans without the moon's steadying gravitational influence, creating huge climate swings that would make it tough for life to get a foothold.
30 January 2014, 02:06 PM ET
The sunspot cluster (now called Region 1967) that exploded with m and x class flares at the beginning of January 2014 has returned with m-class crackle. The Moon orbits between Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Sun as well.
24 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in January 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
22 January 2014, 12:11 PM ET
To see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark the moon’s path across the sky.
15 January 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Supermoon was a term invented by astrologer Richard Nolle many years earlier to refer to the coincidence between two astronomical events: a full moon and lunar perigee, when the moon is at its closest point to Earth.
14 January 2014, 10:08 AM ET
NASA's New Horizon spacecraft left Earth in 2006 and is quickly approaching its fly-by of the icy dwarf planet and its moons. Its closest approach will occur on July 14th, 2015.
02 January 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Step outside this evening about 30 minutes after sunset and look low toward the southwest horizon. You’ll be able to see the final evening pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky for nearly a year.
26 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
As China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover mission to the moon unfolds, the country's space authorities are pushing forward on their next stage of lunar progress — gathering select samples of the moon and rocketing them back to Earth.
26 December 2013, 07:41 AM ET
See amazing solar eclipse and night sky photos taken by SPACE.com readers in December 2013 in this amateur astronomer image gallery.
24 December 2013, 04:09 PM ET
The International Space Station can be seen cruising in front of a crescent moon in this stunning night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.
23 December 2013, 06:25 PM ET
Rhea's icy surface bears the scars of innumerable impacts over the eons.
23 December 2013, 05:08 PM ET
This message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden was sent to the moon and back with only a few seconds of delay. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft successfully received and retransmitted the video.
23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
17 December 2013, 05:20 PM ET
A 1.3 foot wide space rock, traveling at 56,000 MPH, collided with the lunar surface on March 17th, 2013, and the explosion could be seen with the naked eye on Earth. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped imagery of the impact area.
17 December 2013, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has added China's Chang'e 3 lander and rover — which touched down on the moon on Saturday (Dec. 14) — to its list of observation targets. Three other NASA moon probes have watched Chang'e 3 as well.
12 December 2013, 11:43 AM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope imaged a water vapor plume emanating from the Moon in Dec. 2012 observations. The artist impression uses actual Jupiter and Europa images with the size of the plume being accurate but the brightness is increased for effect.
10 December 2013, 02:40 PM ET
This cosmic pirouette of Earth and our moon was captured by the Juno spacecraft as it flew by Earth on Oct. 9, 2013. Set be inserted into Jupiter orbit in August 2016.
06 December 2013, 06:00 AM ET
China's Chang'e-3 moon lander carries a six-wheeled rover vehicle on its back. See how Chang'e 3 and the Yutu ('Jade Rabbit') rover work in this SPACE.com infographic.
05 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
California-based Moon Express unveiled the blueprint of its MX-1 lunar lander today. In addition to delivering payloads to the lunar surface, the coffee-table-size MX-1 could also help service satellites and clean up space junk, officials say.
05 December 2013, 06:01 PM ET
Moon Express, a privately funded company, is developing a robotic spacecraft to land on the moon.
05 December 2013, 04:33 PM ET
Venus is shining at its brightest in the low southwestern night sky just after sunset, making it a fine time for stargazers to observe the brilliant planet, weather permitting. Here is how to see Venus with the unaided eye, telescopes or binoculars.
04 December 2013, 05:31 PM ET
Venus is now the showiest it will be for all of 2013 and 2014 in either the evening or the morning sky. The planet is so bright that you can spot it in a clear blue sky before sunset, if your eye lands on the right point in the south-southwest.
04 December 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists think the moon coalesced out of material blasted into space when a large object slammed into the proto-Earth in the solar system's early days. Determining the composition of Venus could help explain how this mega-collision went down.
04 December 2013, 12:30 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was treated to another lunar transit on Dec 2, 2013. The SDO team compiled the very best views from different imagers onboard the spacecraft.
26 November 2013, 04:37 PM ET
The crescent moon and Mars are visible close together just above the eastern horizon on these late November mornings. The Red Planet is dim now but will brighten considerably by next spring, when it will be much closer to Earth.
22 November 2013, 01:12 PM ET
Launched September 6th, LADEE has been orbiting the Moon for weeks while diagnostics confirmed it's scientific instruments were working correctly, allowing it to begin analyzing the Moon's extremely thin exosphere.
20 November 2013, 01:01 PM ET
The Mars meteorite NWA 7533 is 4.4 billion years old and contains evidence of long-ago asteroid strikes, suggesting that the rock came from the Red Planet's ancient and cratered southern highlands, researchers said.
08 November 2013, 01:50 PM ET
See amazing solar eclipse and night sky photos taken by SPACE.com readers in November 2013 in this amateur astronomer image gallery.