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OSIRIS-REx Captures New Earth-Moon Image

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As part of an engineering test, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavCam1 imager on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million km).


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Fossilized Feature Records Moon's Slow Retreat From Frozen Earth

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A study led by CU Boulder researchers provides new insight into the Moon's excessive equatorial bulge, a feature that solidified in place over four billion years ago as the Moon gradually distanced itself from the Earth.

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Moon Crater Named After Former NASA Chief Exploration Scientist Michael Wargo

Moon Crater Named After Former NASA Chief Exploration Scientist Michael Wargo

NASA's former chief exploration scientist, Michael Wargo, has been posthumously honored with the distinction of having a lunar crater named after him.


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The Sunlit Rim Of Shackleton Crater

The Sunlit Rim Of Shackleton Crater

A spectacular oblique view of the rim of Shackleton crater near the south pole of the Moon, 89.66°S, 129.20°E.


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What Can Be Learned About the Moon During The Eclipse

What Can Be Learned About the Moon During The Eclipse

Three lunar events will come together in an unusual overlap that's being playfully called a super blue blood moon.


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Rates of Great Earthquakes Not Affected by Moon Phases or Day of Year

Rates of Great Earthquakes Not Affected by Moon Phases or Day of Year

There is an enduring myth that large earthquakes tend to happen during certain phases of the Moon or at certain times during the year. But a new analysis published in Seismological Research Letters confirms that this bit of earthquake lore is incorrect.


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Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon

Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon

The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes.


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Successful First International Moon Village Workshop at ISU

Successful First International Moon Village Workshop at ISU

This week, more than 150 experts, engineers, educators and students from around the world gathered in Strasbourg, France to participate in the first International Moon Village Workshop.


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Moon's Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming From Magma Ocean

Moon's Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming From Magma Ocean

The Earth's Moon had a rough start in life. Formed from a chunk of the Earth that was lopped off during a planetary collision, it spent its early years covered by a roiling global ocean of molten magma before cooling and forming the serene surface we know today.


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Ancient Asteroid Impact Exposed The Moon's Interior

Ancient Asteroid Impact Exposed The Moon's Interior

Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story.


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The Moon Once Had an Atmosphere

The Moon Once Had an Atmosphere

A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space.


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First Global Map of Water in the Moon's Soil

First Global Map of Water in the Moon's Soil

A new study maps the trace concentrations of water implanted in the lunar soil by the solar wind, a water source that could be used as resource in future lunar exploration.


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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures Solar Eclipse as Seen From the Moon

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Captures Solar Eclipse as Seen From the Moon

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of the Moon's shadow over a large region of the United States, centered just north of Nashville, Tennessee.


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Rusty Lunar Rock Suggests The Moon's Interior Is Dry

Rusty Lunar Rock Suggests The Moon's Interior Is Dry

The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" -- swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 locations across the lunar surface.


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Using Earth-based Radar To Look Under The Moon's Surface

Using Earth-based Radar To Look Under The Moon's Surface

As the public prepares for the upcoming eclipse, astronomers have released a striking new radar view of the Moon.



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