DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
25 October 2013, 10:54 AM ET
Mission commander Alan Shepard Jr. is shown during an EVA.
21 October 2013, 09:54 AM ET
Even with the Moon obscuring the view, NASA's All-Sky Fireball network captured Orionid Meteor Shower's fireballs slam into the Earth's atmosphere. The two seen in this video were captured by several cameras in the United States on Oct. 20, 2013.
21 October 2013, 05:00 AM ET
The moon will pass through Earth's penumbra (shadow) on Oct. 18, 2013. See sky maps and a visibility guide here.
18 October 2013, 03:28 PM ET
The moon rises above the Pacific in this spectacular space wallpaper taken March 4, 2005, just three minutes before the point of closest approach during Rosetta's Earth fly-by. This image was released Oct. 11, 2013.
17 October 2013, 01:34 PM ET
in order to truly answer the unsolved mysteries of the moon's origin, new missions to retrieve samples of the lunar surface and return them to Earth will be needed, one scientist said.
16 October 2013, 10:58 AM ET
Just like the moon, Mercury is a desolate, rocky and airless body, albeit a bit bigger than Earth's satellite, said Sean Solomon, the principal investigator for NASA's Messenger mission to Mercury.
04 October 2013, 03:49 PM ET
The moon will meet up with three different planets in the evening sky during two separate celestial encounters, one on Sunday and the other on Tuesday. The first will involve Saturn and Mercury, while Venus is the moon's partner for the second.
03 October 2013, 11:30 AM ET readers sent in their scenes of spectacular sky sights seen in October 2013.
02 October 2013, 05:16 PM ET
“Winner” of the “People and Space” category in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition, this space wallpaper is a deceptively simple shot of figures silhouetted against a rising Moon.
02 October 2013, 04:31 PM ET
A beer brewed with moon dust might sound like a lunatic idea, but it is now a reality thanks to a Delaware brewery and the company behind NASA's Apollo spacesuits.
01 October 2013, 04:23 PM ET
The NASA mission to Jupiter (Juno) will use a gravity assist from Earth to send it on its way to the Gas Giant. There will also be opportunities to see 9% more of the moon on its eastern and western limbs.
01 October 2013, 07:03 AM ET
The best way for NASA to snag and study an asteroid may be to chase down one of the 'minimoons' that zip around our planet temporarily before zipping back off into deep space, some researchers say.
30 September 2013, 12:59 PM ET
The main ingredient in industrial plastic number 5, has been detected in the atmosphere of the Saturn moon. The propylene molecule was missing in Voyager 1's probe of the moon in 1980, and had baffled scientists until now.
30 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's bold asteroid-capture mission may not end when astronauts leave the space rock for the last time. Seeing it through could require disposing of the asteroid in a safe — and possibly very dramatic — manner, experts say.
27 September 2013, 11:57 AM ET
Is the moon a present from Venus, which once had a moon and then lost it? A wild new theory puts the scenario out there.
26 September 2013, 01:46 PM ET
As the Moon passes through Earth's magnetic field, two lunar-orbiting spacecraft look for turbulence, particle acceleration, and magnetic reconnection. These phenomena control how the solar wind interacts with Earth's magnetosphere.
23 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The leading theory of the moon's origin holds that it was created when a mysterious planet slammed into Earth about 4.56 billion years ago. But new analyses of lunar rocks suggest that the moon is actually between 4.4 billion and 4.45 billion years old.
21 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET readers around the world sent in their best photos of the Harvest Moon full moon of September 2013. See the amazing photos here.
20 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Photographer Dustin Prickett captured this cosmic wedding photo with the moon and Venus overhead on Sept. 8, much to the delight of the unsuspecting bride and groom. See how he did it here.
18 September 2013, 06:55 PM ET
A small asteroid harmlessly zipped by Earth closer than the orbit of the moon today (Sept. 18). At just 3 to 10 feet in diameter, asteroid 2013 RZ53 would have burned up in Earth's atmosphere if it were on a collision course with the planet.
18 September 2013, 06:00 PM ET
Tonight's full moon is called the Harvest Moon because many fruits and vegetables tend to ripen in the late summer and early fall. Farmers once relied on this full moon's light, working late into the evening to harvest their crops.
18 September 2013, 09:18 AM ET
NASA researchers have pieced together a view of the moon that's impossible from Earth. The amazing new mosaic images and mesmerizing animation show what the moon looks like as it rotates under the sun.
18 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A small asteroid first discovered last Friday will whiz by the Earth today (Sept. 18), zipping closer than the orbit of the moon. The space rock poses no danger to Earth, scientists say.
16 September 2013, 05:34 PM ET
A tiny asteroid discovered just last week is set to zip by Earth on Wednesday (Sept. 18), passing between our planet and the moon. It is small enough and distant enough that it poses no threat to people.
10 September 2013, 10:40 AM ET
The University College of London, the only UK host of a NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, has recently released a stunning selection of the historic space pictures—many of them never published online before, others only ever in low resolution.
09 September 2013, 02:35 PM ET
A spectacular conjunction of the moon and Venus wowed skywatchers around the world on Sept. 8 in what astronomers call a conjunction. The event marked the closest
09 September 2013, 11:07 AM ET
See spectacular photos of Venus near the moon on Sept. 8, 2013 from stargazers around the world. The celestial pairing wowed amateur astronomers and skywatchers across the U.S., South America and beyond.
09 September 2013, 10:26 AM ET
Photographer Mike Black ( compiled this time-lapse of the crescent Moon and the Morning Star together on September 8th in Belmar, NJ.
08 September 2013, 09:23 AM ET
About 45 minutes after sunset on Sunday (Sept. 8), look toward the west-southwest horizon to see Venus hovering rather close to a waxing crescent moon — an eye-catching tableau in spite of the pair's low altitude in the night sky.
04 September 2013, 05:38 PM ET
A colossal storm that raged on Saturn in 2010 and 2011 churned water ice up from deep within the ringed planet's thick atmosphere. NASA's Cassini spacecraft detected the ice crystals from orbit, marking the first observation of water on the planet.
04 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A stunningly bright meteor lit up the skies over the American South last week, and NASA caught the dramatic action on video. The fireball blazed up early on Aug. 28, putting on a brief but spectacular show for night owls in several states.
03 September 2013, 05:40 PM ET
A Minotaur V rocket will carry NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) on its maiden launch, which is slated to take place Friday at 11:27 p.m. from the space agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
30 August 2013, 01:03 PM ET
As we kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend, early on Saturday (Aug. 31) during the predawn hours, check out the east-northeast sky anytime after 2 a.m. local daylight time and your eyes will immediately be drawn to the two brightest objects in the sky a
29 August 2013, 12:09 PM ET
NASA's All-Sky cameras captured a very bright meteor burning up in the atmosphere at the same time that the Moon was in the camera field of view. Early estimates: meteor weighed ~240lbs and was traveling ~56,000 mph.
27 August 2013, 02:13 PM ET
A spacecraft has spotted water on the lunar surface that originated deep within the moon. The find marks the first detection of "magmatic water" from orbit and confirms analyses performed on moon rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts.
27 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Stargazer and photographer Stefano De Rosa snapped this stunning beautiful photo of the Blue Moon full moon of August rising over and Italian castle on Aug. 20, 2013. See how De Rosa captured the photo here.