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‘Jade Rabbit’ is on the Moon

‘Jade Rabbit’ is on the Moon

At 1.11pm UTC today (8.11 am EST) the Chang’e-3 mission made a successful soft landing in an area toward the edge of the Sinus Iridum and Mare Imbrium – shown in this image by the red flag.

December 14, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Turns Out There IS Something New Under the Sun

Turns Out There IS Something New Under the Sun

If there is anything new under the sun it has to be this – and delightfully, it’s the domain of the moon. This spectacular table by Adrien Segal captures tidal data collected from San Francisco Bay for the duration of a full lunar cycle, 29 days in April and May of 2006.

September 18, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

                      There may be something funny going on with the stuff covering the Moon, and a new NASA mission launching next month is aiming to solve the mystery.

August 19, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Where Would you Leave a Message From the Stars?

A recent article by Samuel Arbesman in the science magazine Nautilus discusses the extraordinary sounding possibility that – just perhaps – a search for extraterrestrial intelligence could be made by looking at our DNA.

April 14, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Moon Is Not Black And White, It Just Looks That Way

The Moon Is Not Black And White, It Just Looks That Way

Hands up if you think about the Moon in black and white? Yes – well, you’re not alone, and there’s actually good reason for you to, because the surface of the Moon is nearly devoid of strong colors in comparison to what we’re used to here on Earth.

September 20, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Extraordinary Footage From Starship Juno

A starship comes tearing through the solar system, its sensors capturing a brief glimpse of the inner planets. A small blue-green world spins while its tiny dark moon gyrates around it.

December 11, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Philae's Real-Time Descent and Enceladus's Global Ocean [Video]

This week brings a video reconstructed from images of the Philae lander's approach to a comet, and a major new analysis of data from the Cassini mission that bolsters the case for a global, not just local, ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus

September 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Last Man on the Moon

The Last Man on the Moon

It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie. Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission.

May 22, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

Recent Lunar Discoveries Reveal a "New Moon"

Think you know about the Moon? I did, but then I started reading ‘The New Moon: Water, Exploration, and Future Habitation‘ (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and realized that my knowledge amounted to a teensy scrap of lunar dust.

October 21, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Jade Rabbit Goes to Sleep

Jade Rabbit Goes to Sleep

  Good night, Jade Rabbit. Erica Glasier created this wonderful storybook animated gif of China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover. All the feels.

February 27, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

The Failure of Phobos

A new explanation for the strange grooves on the surface of the martian moon Phobos suggests that the entire satellite already shows signs of how it will eventually be destroyed.

November 12, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Walking on Enceladus

Newly released images from the Cassini mission's final close flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus reveal further exquisite details of the surface terrain

January 19, 2016 — Caleb A. Scharf

The Continuing Mystery of the Moon Illusion [Video]

The harvest moon is almost upon us—specifically, September 19. It’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and it has deep significance in our cultural histories.

September 16, 2013 — Philip Yam

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