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New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Out of this world: 'Moon and Mars veggies' grow in Dutch greenhouse

Wageningen - Establishing a human colony on the Moon and travelling to Mars has been the stuff of dreams since the dawn of the space age.But these visions face many hurdles. How can humans survive for months or years in the ultra-hostile environment of space?

Which face of the moon? Earth once saw something different

The Moon once span on a different axis and therefore showed a slightly different face to the Earth. This finding comes from a new astronomical study.

New type of rock found on the surface of the moon

Beijing - China's lunar rover has been beset with problems, but it has now surprised scientists by returning data indicating it has discovered a new kind of rock on the moon.

Skygazers treated to rare combined 'super blood moon' and eclipse

Washington - Skygazers were treated to a rare astronomical event Monday when a "supermoon" and lunar eclipse combined for the first time in decades, showing Earth's satellite bathed in blood-red light.

Rocket could defy laws of physics, fly to moon in 4 hours

German scientists have confirmed that the so-called "EMDrive" rocket created by NASA could defy the known laws of physics and be capable of flying to the moon in just four hours.

Mystery of origin of Moon solved: Giant impact theory vindicated

Haifa - A study by Israeli and French scientists might have vindicated the giant impact theory of origin of the Moon by resolving the longstanding puzzle of almost identical chemical compositions of the Earth and Moon, considered a strong objection to the theory.

Lunar lava tunnels could be locations for underground moon cities

Scientists believe that gigantic underground lava tubes exist on the moon, which may provide safer localities for the construction of moon cities and exploration bases, than the surface does.

Alien life on Saturn's moon, Enceladus, much more likely

New data from NASA's Cassini mission to explore Saturn and its moons has scientists excited. The agency's space probe has just found conditions on the planet's moon, Enceladus, which makes the discovery of alien life there far more probable.

Crescent moon highlights Venus and Mars for spectacular footage

Not since 2008 has a crescent-shaped new moon shone so elegantly on the rare planetary alignment of Mars and Venus, until now. On February 20, 2015, social sites around the world feasted on the spectacular viewings.

Amazing NASA video reveals the far side of the moon

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio has released a video showing what the far side of the Moon looks like, using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA aims to send submarine to explore seas on Titan

In one of the most awe-inspiring and audacious plans ever conceived by NASA, the space agency has unveiled a project to send a submarine to Saturn's moon, Titan, to explore its mysterious seas.

Want to send something to the moon? Use MoonMail!

Private spaceflight company Astrobotic has launched a new service, MoonMail, that allows people to send an item of theirs to the moon's surface.

Russia announces 'full-scale Moon exploration' by early 2030s

Moscow - Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency have announced plans to begin full-scale Moon exploration within the next 15 to 20 years.

Thousands mark Moon death anniversary in S. Korea

Charumok - More than 20,000 followers of the Unification Church gathered in South Korea on Tuesday for the second anniversary of the death of their "messiah" and church founder Sun Myung Moon.

Saturn jumps in for a photobomb of the moon

Sydney - In a rare moment of celestial fun, the sixth planet from the sun decided to drop in for a photobomb of Earth's moon on Monday night.

Scientific discovery changes how we view the moon

Most of our readers probably think of the moon as a circle, or perhaps as a "big pizza pie" as one song puts it. Researchers have now found that it is actually shaped like a lemon.

'Good luck and Godspeed' — 45 years after the Apollo 11 launch

Cape Canaveral - At 9:32 a.m. eastern time, three American astronauts left the confines of earth, speeding into space, destined to land on the moon and cement their status as American heros.

New radar images reveal what lies beneath Moon's surface

Charlottesville - A joint effort using the resources of two of the world’s largest radio telescopes has revealed previously unseen features deep below the surface of the Moon.

Mountains on Saturn moon are 'celestial debris'

Mountains at the equator on Iapetus, a moon of the planet Saturn, may have come from space rather than being formed on the surface of the satellite.

USA should be prime viewing for Tuesday's red moon

There's going to be a red moon rising over North America early Tuesday morning, only it's not exactly red but only looks that way.

Saturn's moon hides an icy ocean

A body of liquid water has been discovered beneath the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. The tiny moon is a potentially hospitable home for extraterrestrial life.

We may go to Jupiter by 2025 and find life there

NASA hopes to launch a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, the solar system's most likely heavenly body to hold alien life, by 2025.

Photo Essay: The night sky Special

The night sky is filled with wondrous sights, which have inspired many generations to reach for the stars and discover what lies beyond.

China's 'Jade Rabbit' lunar rover declared dead: Media

Beijing - China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, state media reported Wednesday, in a major setback for the country's ambitious space programme.The country's first moon rover "could not be restored to full function", the st...

'Goodnight, humans': China's Jade Rabbit moon rover posting

Beijing - Chinese Internet users flooded the country's social media networks on Monday with condolences for the troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover, which experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" over the weekend.

The moon is getting bigger

The moon is apparently getting bigger. This relates to moon dust, where powdery particles resting on the moon’s surface could form a layer up to 1 millimeter thick every 1,000 years.

Tidal rhythms of sea creatures

Some marine creatures have internal rhythms that cycle with the tides, influenced by the moon. These cycles are independent of circadian rhythms.

Frog takes giant leap from NASA space rocket

At the launch of a NASA's LADEE unmanned moon orbiter, it was to be a frog that stole the show. That's one giant leap for frogkind.

NASA to explore lunar atmosphere with unmanned 'LADEE'

As part of an unmanned mission, NASA is set to send the car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) to the Moon to learn about it's atmosphere, and how it may be similar to that of other planets in the solar system.
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Representation of a Russian Moon space ship at the margin in the Moon s orbit
Representation of a Russian Moon space ship at the margin in the Moon's orbit
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Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step foot on the surface of the moon.
Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step foot on the surface of the moon.
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Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21  2000
Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000
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The artist s illustration of Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover on the surface of the moon
The artist's illustration of Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover on the surface of the moon
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The Mare Mare Serenitatis or Sea of Serenity on the Moon as it really is below layers of dust accumu...
The Mare Mare Serenitatis or Sea of Serenity on the Moon as it really is below layers of dust accumulated over billions of years.
Bruce Campbell (Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum); Arecibo/NAIC; NRAO/AUI/NSF
March 26  conjunction  of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
March 26 'conjunction' of Moon-Venus-Jupiter
NASA/JPL-Cal-tech (courtesy of Space.com)
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
Clouds covering a Full Moon.
A shot of the Supermoon seen from uptown Toronto.
A shot of the Supermoon seen from uptown Toronto.
Rising from fire and smoke  NASA s twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission lau...
Rising from fire and smoke, NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission launches atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 Heavy rocket. Leaving from Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the spacecraft launched at 9:08:52 EDT Sept.10, 2011.
CREDIT: NASA/Darrell McCall
Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
Free wallpaper illustrating two moons
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Full Moon as seen from Earth s northern hemisphere
Full Moon as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere
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Venus  as seen from Fairfax County  Va  just outside Washington DC on Mar. 26  2012
Venus, as seen from Fairfax County, Va, just outside Washington DC on Mar. 26, 2012
Moon holding ball in victory
Moon holding ball in victory
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Cabeus Crater on the surface of the moon
Cabeus Crater on the surface of the moon
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Sunlight grazes over a small dome in the central part of the Compton-Belkovich complex on the far si...
Sunlight grazes over a small dome in the central part of the Compton-Belkovich complex on the far side of the moon in this image from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The dome was likely formed by rare, viscous lava on the moon.
NASA
The craters of the Moon  the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
The craters of the Moon, the moon is slightly yellow from the light of the sun.
The supermoon appearing behind trees in Toronto on Saturday night.  It was 221 802 miles (356 955 ki...
The supermoon appearing behind trees in Toronto on Saturday night. It was 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away and appeared 14 percent larger and 16 percent brighter.
A surface temperature map of the lunar south pole made by LRO s Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment ...
A surface temperature map of the lunar south pole made by LRO's Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment . The map contains several intensely cold impact craters that could trap water ice and other icy compounds commonly observed in comets. The approximate maximum temperatures at which these compounds would be frozen in place for more than a billion years are noted at right.
Image: NASA Science
Giant impact hypothesis: collision between two proto-planets of similar chemical composition led to ...
Giant impact hypothesis: collision between two proto-planets of similar chemical composition led to the formation of the Moon.
Hagai Perets, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

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