Saturn’s rings reveal how to make a moon

Writing in the journal Icarus this week, Professor Carl Murray from Queen Mary’s Astronomy Unit reports that recently discovered disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's outer bright A ring result from a small icy object that formed within the ring and which may be in the process of migrating out of it. They have nicknamed the object, ‘Peggy’.

New research finds 'geologic clock' to help determine moon's age

An international team of planetary scientists determined that the Moon formed nearly 100 million years after the start of the solar system, according to a paper to be published April 3 in Nature. This conclusion is based on measurements from the interior of the Earth combined with computer simulations of the protoplanetary disk from which the Earth and other terrestrial planets formed.

Misleading mineral may have resulted in overestimate of water in moon

he amount of water present in the moon may have been overestimated by scientists studying the mineral apatite, says a team of researchers led by Jeremy Boyce of the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences.

An experiment recreates the crust of the moon Europa

Water, salts and gases dissolved in the huge ocean that scientists believe could exist below Europa´s icy crust can rise to the surface generating the enigmatic geological formations associated to red-tinged materials that can be seen on this Jupiter's satellite.

LADEE sends Its first images of the moon back to Earth

Earlier this month, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.

Largest solar system moon detailed in geologic map

More than 400 years after its discovery by astronomer Galileo Galilei, the largest moon in the solar system – Jupiter's moon Ganymede – has finally claimed a spot on the map.

Cassini sees Saturn and moons in holiday dress

This holiday season, feast your eyes on images of Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, in a care package from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. All three bodies are dressed and dazzling in this special package assembled by Cassini's imaging team.

Ancient crater could hold clues about moon's mantle

Researchers from Brown University and the University of Hawaii have found some mineralogical surprises in the Moon's largest impact crater.

Helping China to the moon

Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departed Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations swung into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.

Water and ice on the moon - a metamorphosis

Using data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists believe they have solved a mystery from one of the solar system's coldest regions—a permanently shadowed crater on the moon.

NASA's LADEE can help us understand other worlds

Earth’s atmosphere is critically important to all of us. In addition to providing us with air to breathe, it protects us from temperature extremes, harmful space radiation, and vast numbers of incoming meteoroids.

Saturn's moons and rings are "vintage goods"

A recently completed analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn's moons and rings can best be described as gently worn vintage goods from around the time of our solar system's birth.

The leaping lunar dust of our moon

NASA scientists have determined that electrically charged lunar dust near shadowed craters can get lofted above the surface and jump over the shadowed region - essentially bouncing back and forth between sunlit areas on opposite sides.

The battered icy Saturnian moon of Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured a number of raw images depicting the battered icy Saturnian moon of Rhea.

New find of water challenges lunar formation theory

New evidence of water in moon rock samples brought back by the Apollo mission is challenging the accepted view of how the moon formed.

ESA teams with NASA for manned moon orbit

The European Space Agency is teaming up with NASA for a mission that will take human beings beyond Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years - and eventually, it says, further than ever before.

NASA probes smash into moon

As planned, NASA's two Grail spacecraft crashed into the moon yesterday afternoon, hitting a mountain at about 2:28 pm.

NASA probes on crash course for the moon

NASA's twin Grail spacecraft, which have been circling the moon for almost year, are set to crash into the moon's surface on Monday.

NASA 'dusts off' its Apollo archives

NASA has restored the dust archives from the Apollo 14 and Apollo 15 moon landing missions.

US company announces commercial moon missions

US start-up company, Golden Spike, plans to offer affordable and routine trips to the moon.