DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
24 April 2014, 06:53 AM ET
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) slammed into the moon's surface, as planned, in the early hours of April 18, bringing to six the number of spacecraft whose remains are known to dot the lunar far side.
23 April 2014, 03:49 PM ET
Skywatcher Victor Rogus of Jadwin, Missouri captured this wonderful image of 4 percent illuminated moon in conjunction with planet Mercury on Feb. 27, 2014. See how he did it.
18 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Here's a list of the top 11 things that have impacted the lunar surface.
14 April 2014, 04:38 PM ET
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight tonight, marking the start of an eclipse tetrad — four back-to-back total lunar eclipses — that will happen over the next 18 months.
12 April 2014, 03:17 AM ET
Despite frozen shutters and cracking film, Victor Rogus captured the 2000 lunar eclipse.
09 April 2014, 04:58 PM ET
A series of four total lunar eclipses in a row is called a tetrad, or four Blood Moons. See how lunar eclipse tetrads work in this Space.com infographic.
09 April 2014, 10:29 AM ET
The batteries that power NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter need sunlight to recharge, and the probe will fly in darkness for long periods during the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere on April 14 and 15.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
This spectacle of celestial shadows will be the first of two total lunar eclipses that North America will be able to observe in 2014. Unlike an eclipse of the sun, an eclipse of the moon presents no hazards to the viewer. No precautions to protect the eye
07 April 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
05 April 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Step outside Sunday (April 6) evening to see a rendezvous of two of the brightest objects in the night sky: the moon and the planet Jupiter.
03 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are drawing up a low-cost mission concept that would send a robotic spacecraft to Phobos or Deimos, one of Mars' two tiny satellites.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
After gazing up at the moon for thousands of years, we're still not exactly sure how it came to be. Here's a brief rundown of the most prominent theories scientists have come up with to explain the moon's origin.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The moon, Earth's only natural satellite, formed about 95 million years after solids started forming in the solar system. Learn more about how Earth's nearest neighbor evolved.
02 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The moon is Earth's nearest neighbor, but its origins date back to a violent birth billions of years ago. See how the moon was made in this Space.com infographic.
24 March 2014, 06:34 PM ET
The technology to make lunar missions routine is on the horizon, says Astrobotic CEO John Thornton.
24 March 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Volunteers with no astronomy experience can pick out craters on the moon as accurately as a researcher with five to 50 years' experience, a new study reports. The finding could give a further boost to the use of citizen scientists in research projects.
24 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have identified a dozen or so promising targets for NASA's asteroid-capture mission, which seeks to drag a small rock — or a piece of a larger one — into a stable orbit around the moon, where it would be visited by astronauts down the road.
21 March 2014, 05:34 PM ET
The agency announced today (March 21) that it's seeking proposals for advanced technology-development studies that could bring the asteroid-redirect mission closer to reality and help keep the effort's costs down.
19 March 2014, 06:36 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper is a mosaic from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showcasing the north pole in high resolution. The images run from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude, with a resolution of 6.5 feet (2 meters) per pixel.
19 March 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The new mosaic — which was captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter — resolves features as small as 6.5 feet, providing information that could be used for landing-site scouting or to answer various questions about the lunar surface.
19 March 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Photographer Matt Hartman captured this stunning image of an airplane streaking across a huge Full 'Worm' Moon on Sunday (March 16) as full moon of March lit up the Los Angeles sky.
18 March 2014, 05:37 PM ET
If you have clear weather this evening, you may catch a view of a waning gibbous moon accompanied by a very bright and colorful planet (Mars) to its upper left and a bright blue star (Spica) to its upper right.
17 March 2014, 06:45 AM ET
Night sky photographer Miguel Claro of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals stunning images showing craters of the moon in March. See how he did it here.
14 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Engineers at MIT suggest setting up orbital propellant depots to fuel future missions to the moon. Such en-route stations would mean spacecraft could launch with less fuel on board and hence carry heavier loads like larger scientific experiments.
12 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The moon will pass in front of a star cluster tonight (March 12), and you can watch it happen. As the moon moves around the Earth, it frequently passes in front of stars, causing what is called a lunar occultation.
06 March 2014, 04:21 PM ET
The 25-foot-wide (8 meters) asteroid 2014 EC came within 38,300 miles (61,600 kilometers) of our planet at 4:21 p.m. ET today, NASA officials said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 239,000 miles (385,000 km).
06 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The 33-foot-wide (10 meters) near-Earth asteroid 2014 EC will come within 34,550 miles (55,600 kilometers) of Earth's surface this afternoon (March 6). You can watch the flyby here at Space.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.
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.