space exploration
Check Out NASA’s Look for the Next Lunar Landing

With NASA’s new line of spacesuits, its next crew of lunar bound astronauts likely won’t look much different from Neil Armstrong et al. while hopping around on the Moon. They’ll be a hell of a lot more comfortable while taking that “one small step for man,” though. Read More >>

Britain’s Sending a Toy to the Moon

The first entirely UK-developed piece of hardware is scheduled to land on the moon in 2021, with Spacebit's rover set to hitch a ride aboard commercial exploration firm Astrobotic's Peregrine lander and walk about on the lunar surface for a bit. Read More >>

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status. Read More >>

Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing

Choppy video taken by a camera next to Buzz Aldrin’s window is the only visual record we have of the first Moon landing. Using archival data and new high-res images, a team from NASA has recreated the Apollo 11 landing, showing Neil Armstrong’s perspective for the very first time. Read More >>

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet

Conspiracy theories about the Moon landing have been around for years. Decades, in fact. And while it’s easier than ever to spread false stories thanks to the internet, the belief that humans never landed on the Moon is way older than the web. Read More >>

What’s Causing the Huge Mass Anomaly Beneath the Moon?

The far side of the Moon contains an enormous and very weird structure at its South Pole. Now, scientists think they might know the source of this anomaly. Read More >>

Why Does the Moon Flash?

A new experiment will attempt to explain the strange flashes that appear on the Moon’s surface. Read More >>

I Wish Lego’s Beautifully Detailed Moon Landing Set Also Included More Accurate Looking Astronauts

July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed two astronauts on the moon, and Lego is one of countless companies hoping to cash in on the accomplishment with a new 1,087-piece set that recreates the Lunar Lander with an impressive amount of detailing. But I’m a little disappointed the included Lego minifigures look like astronauts transplanted from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Read More >>

A Collision With a Dwarf Planet Likely Caused Our Moon to Become Lopsided

Our Moon features a nearside and far side with dramatically different geological features. This anomaly has puzzled scientists for years, but new computer simulations suggest the Moon’s asymmetric disposition can be traced back to an ancient collision with another object—possibly a dwarf planet. Read More >>

NASA Wants £1.2 Billion to Send First Woman to the Moon By 2024

NASA is requesting an additional $1.6 billion (around £1.2 billion) in funding for next year to accelerate its manned mission to the Moon by 2024, which the agency revealed will be titled Artemis, the New York Times reported on Monday. Read More >>

Lunar Eclipse Meteorite Briefly Created a Spot on the Moon as Hot as the Sun

This past January, astronomers managed to capture the moment a space rock struck the Moon during a total lunar eclipse. Now we’re learning more about this unprecedented event, including the speed of the offending object and the intense temperatures reached during the impact. Read More >>

Freaky View from Lunar Orbit Shows Chinese Lander on the Moon’s Far Side

An image captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Chang’e 4 landing site from a distance of over 200 miles, revealing both the probe and the desolate lunar landscape around it. Read More >>

Chinese Satellite Snaps Rare Pic of Lunar Far Side and Earth Together

A unique view of the Moon, with its far side facing the camera and an unsettlingly tiny Earth lurking in the background, has been captured by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite. Read More >>

Holy Crap, the Moon Was Struck by a Meteorite During the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Eclipse

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Such is the philosophy of Jose Maria Madiedo, an astronomer at the University of Huelva in Spain, who, for over 10 years, has tried to capture a meteorite hitting the Moon during a lunar eclipse. On Monday, during the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Blood Moon,” it finally happened. Read More >>

Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the First Time [Update: It Died]

China’s miniature biosphere experiment has yielded a sprouting cotton seed, and they are the first plants to germinate on the Moon – an important first step in creating a viable, self-sustaining lunar colony. Read More >>