Latest Lunar science Stories
n 1969, Neil Armstrong took man's first otherworldly steps onto the lunar surface. He had no idea what a nuisance the soil beneath his feet would prove to be at the time. Scratchy lunar dust clung to everything it touched.
Scientists have long believed that the moon’s trademark craters were created from the impact of massive asteroids, but new research suggests that smaller planetoids might actually have been responsible for pummeling the lunar surface.
Earth’s closest neighbor, the moon, has been studied intently by astronomers for centuries. In that time, we thought we had discovered nearly everything there is to know about the origins of our natural satellite.
A newly released NASA video reminds us that there is no such thing as a dark side of the moon – just a far side.
Recent studies by NASA and the ESA have found that the Moon is wetter than previously thought, which has generated renewed interest in identifying the source of this water.
“Yes, the Moon does have an atmosphere,” says Richard Elphic, the project scientist for LADEE at NASA Ames. “It’s just much more tenuous than ours.”
NASA-funded researchers, using data from the space agency's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the lunar interior.
A meteor from 470-million-years-ago lies buried several hundred feet beneath the town of Decorah, Iowa, according to an airborne geophysical survey reported in EARTH Magazine.
Researchers from NASA and the University of New Hampshire believe they have shed a light on the cosmic activity occurring on the dark side of the moon.
The Hadean is the unofficial geological period of time that lies just before the Archean time period. The Hadean began with the formation of the Earth roughly 4.5 billion years ago (Ga) and ended about 3.8 Ga; the latter date varies according to different sources. Hadean is derived from Hades, Greek for “underworld,” referring to the hellish conditions on the planet at the time. The term was coined in 1972 by geologist Preston Cloud. The period was later classified as the “Priscoan...
Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...
The Moon -- The Moon is the largest satellite of the Earth, and is occasionally called Luna (Latin for moon) to distinguish it from the general use of the word "moon". The Moon is distinguished from the satellites of other planets by its initial capital letter; the other moons are described in the natural satellite article. The words moon and month come from the same Old English root word. The Moon makes a complete orbit of the celestial sphere about every four weeks. Each hour the...
The Moon -- natural satellite of a planet, in particular, the single natural satellite of the earth. The Earth-Moon System The moon is the earth's nearest neighbor in space. In addition to its proximity, the moon is also exceptional in that it is quite massive compared to the earth itself, the ratio of their masses being far larger than the similar ratios of other natural satellites to the planets they orbit (with the exception of Charon and Pluto). For this reason, the...
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