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Our Favorite Holiday Gift? A Box of Apollo Moon Soil

December 25, 2019

New Generations, Equipped with New Technologies, Prepare to Analyze 50-Year-Old Samples in the New Year. Fortunately for today’s…
Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon

December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve, 1968. As one of the most turbulent, tragic years in American history drew to a close,…
This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. "S" indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian. This portion of the Narrow Angle Camera mosaic was made from images M1328074531L/R and M1328081572L/R acquired Nov. 11. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.
Vikram Lander Found

December 3, 2019

The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometers from the south pole; unfortunately…
NASA Shares Mid-Sized Robotic Lunar Lander Concept with Industry

November 26, 2019

As NASA presses forward with the agency’s mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond, the development of top-tier…
Lunar IceCube Mission to Locate, Study Resources Needed for Sustained Presence on Moon

November 12, 2019

As we venture forward to the Moon and establish a sustained lunar presence, finding and understanding water on…
Left: Apollo 12 astronauts (front to back) Conrad, Gordon, and Bean stand outside the Command Module simulator. Right: Apollo 12 astronauts (left to right) Bean, Gordon, and Conrad seen through a fish-eye lens inside the Command Module simulator. Image credits: NASA
50 Years Ago: Countdown Begins for Apollo 12

November 8, 2019

In November 1969, American astronauts prepared to embark on the second mission to land humans on the Moon.…
Study suggests ice on lunar south pole may have more than one source

October 22, 2019

The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest…
Unexamined lunar rocks indicate early bombardment

October 17, 2019

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists has challenged the long-standing theory that the moon experienced…
Orion Suit Equipped to Expect the Unexpected on Artemis Missions

October 16, 2019

When astronauts are hours away from launching on Artemis missions to the Moon, they’ll put on a brightly…
Scientists chose basalt, because the surface of the Moon and Mars contains a lot of this kind of rock. Image credit: NASA via Wikimedia, Public Domain
Sun Science has a Bright Future on the Moon

October 4, 2019

here are many reasons NASA is pursuing the Artemis mission to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024: It’s a crucial…
The Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, attempted a landing Sept. 7 (Sept. 6 in the United States), on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined. The scene above was captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Quickmap fly-around of the targeted landing site image width is about 150 kilometers across the center. Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
Obscured in the Lunar Highlands?

September 27, 2019

The lander, Vikram, was scheduled to touch down on Sept. 6 at 4:24 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This event…
Top NASA Manager Says the 2024 Moon Landing by Astronauts might not Happen

September 19, 2019

Speaking before a Congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, Kenneth Bowersox, Acting Associate Administrator for Human Exploration…
NASA Goddard Creates CGI Moon Kit as a Form of Visual Storytelling

September 7, 2019

A new NASA out-of-this-world animation allows humanity to experience their closest galactic neighbor as never before through an…
NASA Science Experiments to be Delivered to Moon by Commercial Landers

September 6, 2019

After sitting in a vacuum chamber for 15 years, a gas-sniffing instrument will finally get its chance to…
Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images From NASA’s Fermi

August 16, 2019

If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun!…
Space Samples Link NASA’s Apollo 11 and Mars 2020

August 14, 2019

On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy’s goal…
The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

August 3, 2019

Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously…
What is Artemis?

July 26, 2019

NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon…
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. moves toward a position to deploy two components of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. The Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP) is in his left hand; and in his right hand is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR3). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. Credit: NASA
The Apollo Experiment That Keeps on Giving

July 25, 2019

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins departed from the Moon 50 years ago, but one of the…
Inside Dark, Polar Moon Craters, Water Not as Invincible as Expected, Scientists Argue

July 25, 2019

The Moon’s south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system:…
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Simulates View from Lunar Module

July 17, 2019

The only visual record of the historic Apollo 11 landing is from a 16mm time-lapse (6 frames per second)…
NASA Reflects on Legacy of LRO as Moon-Orbiting Mission Reaches 10-Year Anniversary

June 19, 2019

5:32 p.m. Eastern Time on June 18, 2019, marks 10 years since the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance…
50 Years Ago: One Month til Apollo 11 Liftoff

June 18, 2019

The achievement of President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him…
NASA Scientists Find Sun’s History Buried in Moon’s Crust

June 18, 2019

The Sun is why we’re here. It’s also why Martians or Venusians are not. When the Sun was…
NASA Awards $106 Million to US Small Businesses for Technology Development

May 15, 2019

Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among…
Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes

May 14, 2019

The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools, getting more than about 150 feet (50 meters) skinnier over…
Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon

April 17, 2019

Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of…
The Moon. Image credit: NASA
Moon’s South Pole in NASA’s Landing Sites

April 16, 2019

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years,…
Diving into untouched lunar treasures

March 29, 2019

Nearly 50 years ago, some very special materials were transported from outer space to Earth — unopened lunar…
NASA Selects Teams to Study Untouched Moon Samples

March 12, 2019

NASA has selected nine teams to continue the science legacy of the Apollo missions by studying pieces of…
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