NASA's 55-pound (25 kilograms) CAPSTONE cubesat launched toward the moon today (June 28), but it won't get there until Nov. 13.
Scientists say a giant impact knocked off the raw ingredients for the moon off the primitive molten Earth and into orbit.
Rocket Lab will launch NASA's CAPSTONE cubesat to the moon from New Zealand atop an Electron booster, and you can watch it live online.
The full moon of July also called the "Buck Moon" or "Thunder Moon," will occur July 23 at 10:36 p.m. EDT (0236 GMT on July 24).
NASA has called off plans to launch a small cubesat to the moon on Monday (June 27) to allow more time to check its Rocket Lab booster for flight.
The moon will pass close to Mercury in the predawn sky on Monday (June 27). Find out how and where to see this skywatching event.
You can watch the five naked-eye planets align for free on a livestream that will be running Sunday (June 26).
A gorgeous photo opportunity will greet skywatchers on Sunday (June 26) when the slim crescent moon meets Venus in the early morning sky.
NASA officials have declared the Artemis 1 moon rocket's most recent "wet dress rehearsal" a success and are hopeful the mission can get off the ground as soon as late August.
The rare sight of five bright planets lining up with the moon wowed skywatchers around the world Friday and you can still see it this weekend.
Get up early Sunday to see a celestial rendezvous between the two brightest objects in the night sky: Venus and the moon.
As it turns out, attempting to sell moon dust that was extracted from the stomachs of cockroaches does indeed bug NASA. So much so, that the space agency requested RR Auction halt its sale.
Three companies will demonstrate their potential to power lunar infrastructure using nuclear fission systems, under new joint NASA contracts announced on Tuesday (June 21).
The most recent Artemis 1 "wet dress rehearsal" wasn't perfect, but it was good enough to keep the NASA moon mission on course for liftoff a few months from now.
The launch of NASA's CAPSTONE moon mission has been delayed at least two additional days, to no earlier than Monday (June 27).
A rare planetary alignment will peak predawn on Friday (June 24) when the crescent moon joins the party. An alignment like this will not occur again until 2040.
NASA officials are pleased with Artemis 1's performance during its recent "wet dress rehearsal" but need more time to determine its readiness for launch.