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  • In Search of Water, NASA Spacecraft to Hit the Moon

    2006April 6, 2011

    NASA today announced that a small spacecraft named LCROSS has been selected to travel to The Moonto look for precious water ice at the lunar south pole in October 2008.

  • Is The MoonStill Alive?

    2006April 6, 2011

    Conventional wisdom says The Moonis dead. Conventional wisdom may be wrong. Today in the journal Nature, a team of scientists announced evidence for fresh geologic activity on the Moon.

  • A New Paradigm for Lunar Orbits

    2006Sept. 20, 2011

    Orbiting The Moonis tricky. There's a big planet nearby (Earth) that tugs on satellites and destabilizes their orbits. NASA researchers have an idea for a new class of orbits that may solve the problem.

  • Lunar Swirls

    2006Sept. 20, 2011

    Pale swirls on the surface of The Moonhave been puzzling researchers for decades. Fresh clues are in the offing as NASA prepares a new round of lunar exploration.

  • SMART-1 to Crash the Moon

    2006April 6, 2011

    A European spaceship is about to crash into the Moon. Amateur astronomers may be able to observe the impact.

  • True Fakes: Scientists Make Simulated Moondust

    2006Sept. 20, 2011

    NASA is returning to the Moon, but first NASA engineers would like to test designs for lunar landers and rovers on genuine lunar soil. Just one problem: There's not enough real moondust to go around. So scientists are making some "true fakes."

  • A Growing Intelligence around Earth

    2006April 6, 2011

    A satellite orbiting Earth is learning to think for itself. This artificial intelligence offers a powerful new way to study Earth, and it may prove useful on other planets, too.

  • Hard-nosed Advice to Lunar Prospectors

    2006April 6, 2011

    A 22-year veteran of prospecting and mining on Earth has some no-nonsense advice for lunar explorers.

  • Birthplace of Hurricanes

    2006April 6, 2011

    NASA researchers are joining an international campaign to catch hurricanes in the act of being born.

  • Lunar X Games

    2006April 6, 2011

    The X Games are underway in Los Angeles. One day--who knows?--they might be held on the Moon.