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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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China Successfully Deploys Jade Rabbit 2 Rover on Moon’s Far Side

At 10:22 p.m. Beijing time Thursday January 3, China’s Jade Rabbit 2 rover touched the Moon’s soft, snow-like surface after slowly rolling down a track extending from the Chang’e 4 lander, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and as relayed by the Associated Press. The rover was deployed about 10 hours after the Chang’e 4 spacecraft landed on the Moon. Read More >>

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Can You Spot What’s Special About This Photo of the Crescent Moon?

Astronomer Steven Bellavia at Brookhaven National Labs in the US caught a neat picture of the crescent Moon last week, which he passed along for Gizmodo to share. Can you see what’s so special about it? Go ahead and examine it closely. Read More >>

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Lunar Meteorite Found in Africa Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface

Good news, future lunar colonists! Scientists have discovered traces of moganite in a lunar meteorite that was discovered 13 years ago in Africa. This mineral requires ice to form, so its discovery is being taken as potential confirmation that frozen water exists beneath the Moon’s dusty surface. Read More >>

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Massive Moon Gets the Kids Excited About Church

Children! Laughing and having fun! Excited about being in a church! This impossible scene has been brought to life thanks to the combined foresight of artist Luke Jerram and the operators of Leicester Cathedral, who have come together to put a huge, realistic model of the moon in the front bit of the big church where the boring man usually stands. Read More >>

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Freaky Theory Offers Totally New Explanation of the Moon’s Origin

Scientists have now added a new theory to the mix—and it’s weird as hell. The Moon, they argue, formed inside a gigantic doughnut-shaped cloud of vaporised rock that would eventually condense into the Earth. Read More >>

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The Moon’s Getting a 4G Mobile Network Next Year

There are a lot of places in the UK that don't yet have a reliable 4G mobile signal. Hell, I live not far from a major city and yet in my local suburb  I struggle to get more than one bar on my phone. That doesn't matter, though. Forget about us Earthlings, because Vodafone and Nokia are teaming up to set up a 4G mobile network on the Moon. Yes, on the Moon. Read More >>

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We Don’t Even Live There Yet, But Humans Have Already Left Over 400,000 Pounds of Trash on the Moon

It’s inevitable that one day humanity is going to need to live somewhere other than Earth, and our first step towards intergalactic colonisation will probably be the moon. The only problem? We’ve only visited it 12 times, and already there’s over 400,000 pounds of garbage up there. Read More >>

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Donald Trump Will Probably Ask NASA to End Funding for the ISS by 2025

Donald Trump’s administration has touted big plans for NASA in the past few months, but it hasn’t been willing to put up much cash. So the White House has come up with a way to stretch the space agency’s budget further: Forwarding the bills for the International Space Station to, like, anyone else. Read More >>