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Some of Uranus’s small moons are doomed to collide
A violent future awaits its moonsNASABy Ken CroswellPity poor Cressida – not the tragic figure in Shakespeare, but a small moon orbiting Uranus. It looks like it will crash into another of the planet’s...
Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the third time
Reach for the moon – but no rushMoon ExpressTHE deadline for the Google Lunar X Prize has been pushed back once again, from the end of 2017 to 31 March 2018. The competition offers $30 million to the...
Sun and moon put on celestial performance
It was the greatest show on Earth: a matinee that saw the moon upstage the sun, bringing darkness to daytime. It was the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in 99 years, and, for many Americans, a once-in-a-lifetime...
People from around the world celebrate eclipse across the U.S.
Monday means "day of the moon," and for many, it was a day to celebrate the moon and the sun -- and have fun. Jamie Yuccas reports from Madras, Oregon, one of the first places to witness the total eclipse...
Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know to get ready
The last eclipse seen in the US was in 1979Henry Groskinsky/GettyBy Leah CraneOn 21 August, the continental US will see its first total solar eclipse since 1979. The moon will pass between Earth and the...
Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the fourth time
Moon Express hopes to win the Google Lunar X PrizeBy Leah CraneThe deadline for the Google Lunar X Prize has been pushed backed once again, from the end of 2017 to 31 March 2018. The prize offers $30...
Tethered satellites could see the moon’s weird swirls up close
Mystery swirls on the lunar surfaceNASABy Leah CraneA satellite on a leash could help us learn about strange bright patterns on the moon’s surface. By connecting two small CubeSats with a tether 180 kilometres...
Moon’s magnetic field lasted twice as long as we thought it did
The moon’s magnetic field came from its molten metal coreHernán CañellasBy Leah CraneThe moon may have had a magnetic field for at least a billion years longer than we thought. A moon rock brought back...
Boeing venture teams up with private moon lander for 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary launch
A private moon lander has partnered up with Boeing's United Launch Alliance (ULA) for its maiden mission to the moon in 2019. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic's robotic Peregrine lander will use ULA's Atlas...
First exomoon might have been spotted 4000 light years away
Scoping out the sceneNASABy Leah CraneIt’s a moonshot. A signal has been spotted that might be the first moon detected outside our solar system, and researchers are gearing up to use the Hubble Space...
Future astronauts could be drinking Moon water
The sub-surface water reserves appear to be contained within volcanic deposits and are further proof the Moon is water-rich, researchers at Brown University say.Shuai Li, co-author of the study of satellite...
Moon has a water-rich interior
Using satellite data, researchers have for the first time detected widespread water within ancient explosive volcanic deposits on the moon, suggesting that its interior contains substantial amounts of...
Neil Armstrong's bag containing traces of moon dust sells for $1.8M
NEW YORK -- A bag containing traces of moon dust sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million. The sale at Sotheby's on Thursday was surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle. The collection...
Musk: Build moon base to get people 'fired up'
Humans first landed there 48 years ago today [20 July], but nobody has stepped foot on the moon since the final mission of the Apollo programme in 1972.Speaking at a conference in Washington about the...
We took an AR trip to the moon
Whether it’s the proliferation of science-fiction movies that show man exploring the stars, or bold claims from the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about imminent space colonization, there’s a...
Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong to be auctioned
NEW YORK -- Moon dust that Neil Armstrong collected during the first lunar landing was displayed Thursday at a New York auction house — a symbol of America's glory days in space now valued at $2 million...
Titan’s conditions could be just right to power US-sized colony
Hydrocarbon seas could be tapped for energyESA/NASA Acknowledgement: T. Cornet, ESA By Mika McKinnonSaturn’s largest moon could suit human settlement – provided we can keep the lights on. Thankfully,...
Surprise methanol detection points to evolving story of Saturn's moon Enceladus’s plumes
A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule methanol around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into space....
Rocket failure may delay China’s space station and moon missions
Countdown to failureXinhua News Agency/REX/ShutterstockBy Timothy RevellChina’s latest space launch has ended in failure. The Long March 5 rocket successfully took off at 11.23am GMT on Sunday from the...
Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean
The heat from Earth would have made one side of the young moon exceedingly hotNASABy Leah CraneUnder a thin atmosphere made mostly of sodium, supersonic winds roil a magma ocean. No, this isn’t some strange,...
How to see the so-called "Minimoon" Strawberry Moon
This evening brings us the June full moon. And because strawberries are the first fruit after rhubarb to ripen in late spring and early summer — and the peak season (some might call it the "more natural"...
Pokemon is coming to Nintendo Switch but not in the way you expected
As we expected there is indeed a Pokémon game coming to the Nintendo Switch, but it’s not quite what everyone anticipated. Rather than a Switch port for Pokémon Sun and Moon called Pokémon Stars, Pokken...
Stunning partial solar eclipse seen from space
The moon passed across the sun last week, and NASA is sharing the stunning visuals from space to prove it. On Thursday of last week, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory — a satellite devoted to watching...
In a cosmic hit-and-run, icy Saturn moon may have flipped
Enceladus -- a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn -- may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of...
How radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a team modeled a natural...
How to turn the Moon into an interplanetary petrol station
With all the talk about humans going to Mars, sometimes we forget about the Moon. Sure, it's been 45 years since humans last visited, but there are plenty of good reasons to revisit our nearest heavenly...
New Rover to Make Moon Landing Next Year
Science fiction movies often contain imaginary technology. But now a real life moon rover has made it onto the big screen. Not only is it a star in a new film, but it will also play a starring role on...
China Simulates Extended Moon Stays Amid Space Drive
China is testing the ability for future astronauts to stay on the moon for extended periods, as Beijing accelerates its space program and looks to put people on the surface of the moon within the next...
Don't miss May's full "flower moon"
With the nights getting warmer, skywatchers will have a fine show on Wednesday from the May full moon, known as the Full Flower or Milk Moon.The moon will appear in the constellation Libra, rising at 7:49...
China and Europe in talks about moon base
The talks about a possible lunar outpost were first disclosed by the secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, and have now been confirmed by the ESA."The Chinese have a very ambitious...
Melting moons could support liveable atmospheres for aeons
Potential for habitation?NASA/JPL-CaltechBy James RomeroIcy exomoons dragged towards their star could hold onto life-giving atmospheres and liquid oceans for billions of years – if they’re big enough....
Icy Enceladus’s tiger stripes are a window on its watery depths
See those tiger stripesNASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Lunar and Planetary Institute, Paul Schenk (LPI, Houston)By Joshua SokolPlace yourself at the south pole of Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn. You are standing...
Saturn’s flying saucer moon Atlas has a smooth fluffy edge
Ravioli moon NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteBy Mika McKinnonIt doesn’t carry the weight of the world – or even of Saturn’s rings. The best images yet of Saturn’s small moon Atlas show that it...
New insights into 'ocean worlds' in our solar system
Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system...
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter,...
SpaceX follows Jules Verne – with one exception
Fly me to the moonSpaceXFROM the Earth to the Moon. In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel, a group of energetic American plutocrats embark on a private moonshot, firing three intrepid explorers out of a vast cannon...
New images of Saturn’s walnut-shaped moon dazzle scientists
reader comments 4 Share this story This is the best view we've ever had of tiny Pan, a moon around Saturn. Carolyn Porco/NASA The moon is about 35km across. Carolyn Porco/NASA Here's a different perspective,...
Discovery of tiny moon completes the set for worlds past Neptune
Pluto is one of the ten large, trans-Neptunian objects that all have moonsJohn R. Foster/SPLBy Leah CraneEverybody gets a moon! With the discovery of a small moon orbiting the third-largest dwarf planet,...
Billionaires in space: A return to golden age of exploration
Thanks for the fundingSpace XIn 2018, two unnamed individuals will pay an undisclosed amount of money to billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk. In exchange, he will make them the first civilians to...
Space competition heats up between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is expected to unveil plans today for the future of his space company, Blue Origin. Designed to take tourists into space and the moon, Bezos tweeted the first photos of the main engine...
SpaceX plans for manned moon shot next year
CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX said last week that it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the...
NASA spacecraft dodges collision with Martian moon
NASA’s Mars-orbiting spacecraft shifted course this week to avoid a future collision with Mars’ dark moon Phobos.The MAVEN spacecraft — short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN — has been orbiting...
Jeff Bezos says NASA should return to the Moon, and he’s ready to help
Enlarge / Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon (far left), listens during a technology summit with then President-elect Trump in December, 2016.Drew Angerer/Getty Images reader comments 28 Share...
Woman wins custody battle against NASA for bag of moon dust
CHICAGO -- A priceless piece of national history is now in the possession of a space enthusiast, reports CBS Chicago.The space artifact is from the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin...
SpaceX to send paying tourists on a moon flyby
SpaceX plans to send two tourists on a historic mission around the moon next year. The private company will use the same launch pad NASA used the last time humans blasted off for the moon more than four...
SpaceX announces first ever commercial flight to the moon will go ahead in 2018
Elon Musk’s venture in space exploration, SpaceX, has today announced that it will be sending two private citizens ‘to the moon’ late in 2018, in a move that’s a world-first for commercial space travel.In...
SpaceX will shuttle tourists around the moon in 2018
SpaceX is planning on sending two tourists into space in 2018.The company, which has been making supply deliveries to the International Space Station, made the announcement Monday.The plan is to launch...
SpaceX announces plans for moon mission
SpaceX founder and chief designer Elon Musk said today the company plans to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. Musk told reporters the two unidentified individuals will...
Rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse on Sunday
The sky will be illuminated in a “ring of fire” Sunday as the Earth welcomes its first solar eclipse of 2017.An annular eclipse — which occurs when the moon casts its shadow on the Earth’s surface, will...
NASA considers astronauts for moon mission
A SpaceX cargo ship called Dragon is on its way to the International Space Station after a historic launch this weekend in Florida. This latest launch comes as NASA is considering a new mission for its...
SpaceX prepares for 2nd attempt at launching rocket from moon pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is taking another shot at launching a rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad.As dawn broke Sunday over Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, the unmanned Falcon rocket stood at Launch...
First atomic blast reveals new insights about the moon
The explosion that opened the atomic age more than 70 years ago is helping scientists better understand another dramatic event: the formation of the moon.On July 16, 1945, the U.S. Army detonated the first-ever nuclear...
Glass from nuclear test site shows the moon was born dry
Echoes of the moon’s formationCorbis via Getty ImagesBy Leah CraneWe can’t recreate the giant impact that led to the moon’s formation in a lab, but humans have made some other big explosions. By examining...
How to see the closest comet in decades this weekend
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A full moon and comet share double billing in a special night sky show this weekend.A lunar eclipse starts everything off Friday night. The moon will pass into Earth’s penumbra,...
Oxygen ions sent from Earth have been spotted on the moon
By Leah Crane Moon shadow: clues to our early atmosphereJAXA/NHKEarth’s atmosphere may have been leaking oxygen onto the moon for billions of years. Energetic particles from the solar wind bombard the...
Isotopic similarities seen in materials that formed Earth, moon
Where did the materials that make up Earth and moon come from--and when did they arrive? Most scientific models contend the Earth formed gradually by addition from an assortment of moon- to Mars-sized...
Pokemon Bank is now compatible with Sun and Moon
The new Pokémon region of Alola is about to feel a whole lot more familiar now that Pokemon Bank has been updated to support Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon Bank is a service that allows players to transfer...
5 Teams to Compete for Google Prize to Land Spacecraft on Moon
Five teams have qualified to compete in a $30 million Google-backed competition to land and operate robotic spacecraft on the moon, the XPrize Foundation said Tuesday. Contenders now have until December...
Beer on the moon, Star Trek in your Echo, and $100M for SCU
“We thought we could combine our hobby with the competition by focusing on the viability of yeast in outer space,” team member Neeki Ashari told Mashable. The students are tagging on to TeamIndus, which...
Cassini spots a small moon surfing through Saturn’s rings
reader comments 6 Share this story Daphnis is featured in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft this week. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Vertical structures created by Saturn's small...
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