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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…
The Impact Site of China’s Longjiang-2 Spacecraft has Been Found on the Moon

November 20, 2019

On May 20th, 2018, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) launched the Queqiao spacecraft, the vehicle that would…
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…
NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder Mission to Unique Lunar Orbit

September 16, 2019

NASA has awarded a $13.7 million contract to Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, to develop and operate a…
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…
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…
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…
Beresheet Impact Site Spotted

May 16, 2019

The photo below shows the landing site of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on a region of the Moon…
Study Finds New Wrinkles on Earth’s Moon

May 15, 2019

Billions of years ago, Earth’s Moon formed vast basins called “mare” (pronounced MAR-ay). Scientists have long assumed these…
The Moon is Quaking as it Shrinks

May 14, 2019

In 2010, an analysis of imagery from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) found that the moon shriveled like…
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,…
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…
NASA’s LRO Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

March 9, 2019

Scientists, using an instrument aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have observed water molecules moving around the dayside…
NASA is Aboard First Private Moon Landing Attempt

February 22, 2019

The last screw is tightened and a private Moon lander is packed in the fairing atop a SpaceX…
NASA’s Campaign to Return to the Moon with Global Partners

January 21, 2019

The Moon is a fundamental part of Earth’s past and future – an off-world location that may hold…
NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid Impact History

January 18, 2019

By looking at the Moon, the most complete and accessible chronicle of the asteroid collisions that carved our…
On Second Thought, the Moon’s Water May Be Widespread and Immobile

February 27, 2018

A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon’s water is widely distributed…
What Scientists Can Learn About the Moon During the Jan. 31 Eclipse

January 24, 2018

The lunar eclipse on Jan. 31 will give a team of scientists a special opportunity to study the…
Lava Tube Openings Found Near the Moon’s North Pole

January 17, 2018

Between NASA, the Chinese National Space Agency, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, there’s no shortage of plans…
NASA’s Lunar Mission Captures Solar Eclipse as Seen From the Moon

August 30, 2017

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of…
NASA’s LRO Team Wants You to Wave at the Moon

August 17, 2017

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team invites the public to wave at the Moon on Aug. 21 as…
Camera on NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived 2014 Meteoroid Hit

May 27, 2017

On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar…
New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

March 10, 2017

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth’s orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in…
NASA Study Finds Solar Storms Could Spark Soils at Moon’s Poles

January 8, 2017

Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and…
NASA Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path

January 6, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they…
Earth’s Moon Hit by Surprising Number of Meteoroids

October 15, 2016

The moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had predicted, according to new observations from…
NASA Research Gives New Insights into How the Moon Got ‘Inked’

April 30, 2016

A powerful combination of observations and computer simulations is giving new clues to how the moon got its…
Ancient Polar Ice Reveals Tilting of Earth’s Moon

March 25, 2016

Did the “man in the moon” look different from ancient Earth? New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the…
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