Grail probes reveal deep crack in moon

NASA's twin Grail probes have revealed the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail, showing unbelievably deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures.

3D printer could use moon rock for repairs in space

If equipment breaks down on the moon, ordering a replacement part through the mail isn't exactly an option. But what if astronauts could simply print out what they need, using local materials?

New evidence supports impact theory of moon's creation

It's long been theorized that the moon was created when a Mars-sized proto-planet slammed into the Earth. Unfortunately, though, the chemistry of the two bodies has stubbornly failed to bear this out.

Solar wind brought water to the moon

The water found locked inside soil on the moon's surface derives from hydrogen in the solar wind - meaning there could be water on other apparently-dry bodies in the solar system too.

Protecting astronauts beyond the ISS

Astronauts venturing beyond the safety of the International Space Station (ISS) will face increased exposure to cosmic radiation.

Water-mining lunar robot revealed

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Astrobotic Technology has now completed a full-size prototype of a solar-powered robot designed to search for water ice at the moon's poles.

Exploring the moon in 3D

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has acquired stereo images of the moon in high resolution (0.5 to 2 meters/pixel) that provide highly detailed 3D views of the surface.

Could alien soils make spacecraft heat shields?

NASA scientists will next week test whether a heat shield made from the soil of the moon, Mars or an asteroid could stand up to a plunge through Earth's atmosphere.

Blue moon will light up the sky tonight

A phenomenon will occur tonight that only happens once in a blue moon - literally.

Space elevator planned for the moon

The latest Kickstarter project, looking for crowd funding, is a little different to most - a space elevator to be built on the moon.

The man who walked the moon passes away

Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon - has passed away at the age of 82 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Helium found in moon's atmosphere

Observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have revealed the presence of helium in the thin atmosphere surrounding the moon.

Perseid meteor shower will hit peak on Saturday

If you want a good look at a meteor shower, you'd better head outside this Saturday.

US flags still standing strong on the moon

Harsh conditions and extreme temperatures are nothing in the face of symbols of American pride.

Just how poisonous is the moon?

The moon could be a highly toxic place, say scientists, warning of cancer and breathing problems even when astronauts remain in their space suits.

Hubble spots fifth Pluto moon

NASA has confirmed the discovery of a fifth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.

Extensive water ice found in lunar crater

Almost a quarter of a crater near the moon's south pole is covered with ice, scientists using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have found.

Glass bubble find may explain weird lunar soil

The discovery of nanoparticles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could explain why the moon's surface topsoil has such unusual properties.

NASA completes main Grail mission ahead of time

NASA's Grail mission to study the moon from crust to core has completed its main task ahead of schedule, gathering information about the internal structure and evolution of the moon in unprecedented detail.

From lunar rovers to wet wipes: protecting artifacts on the moon

NASA's a bit concerned that the rush to the moon created by Google's Lunar X Prize could damage historic sites there.