NASA uses moon as mirror to watch Venus transit sun

Just like human eyes, the Hubble Space Telescope can't observe the sun directly - so NASA scientists plan to study Venus's solar transit in June by using the moon as a mirror.

NASA says the moon's crust is being stretched



New images snapped by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) indicate the moon's crust is actually being stretched - forming minute valleys in a few small areas on the lunar surface. 



Moon 'wasn't created by giant collision'

A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s appears to disprove theories that the moon was created through a massive collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object 4.5 billion years ago.

Cosmic rays alter chemistry of lunar ice

A bombardment of cosmic rays on the moon's surface could be creating  complex carbon chains similar to those that form the foundations of biological life.

Moon's magnetic rock may have come from asteroid

The moon's somewhat bizarre magnetic field may have been shaped by a massive asteroid impact, which left some of its material behind.

Oxygen found around Saturnian moon

Observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed an oxygen atmosphere around Saturn's moon Dione.

Astronomers discover life - on Earth

By observing the way the moon reflects light from the Earth, astronomers have established that there's life on our planet - not as pointless as it seems, as the technique could help find life elsewhere.

Moon still geologically active, images show

There's still some geological activity on the moon, new images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show.

Why are there no volcanoes on the moon?

Scientists believe they've discovered why the moon has no active volcanoes, despite containing plenty of liquid magma.

Russia wants to build Moonbase Alpha

The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) has suffered a string of embarrassing space-related debacles over the past few months.



Double star could host habitable planet

Planets with two suns - like Star Wars' Tatooine - could really be habitable, astrophysicists have concluded - and they say they know where to look.

Moon probes in place after successful burn

NASA's two GRAIL probes have now successfully been placed in orbit around the moon.

Moon probes to go into orbit this weekend

NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft will be placed into orbit around the moon over the New Year weekend, in preparation for their mission to study its composition and gravity field.

Online volunteers could help find alien artifacts on the moon

Two Arizona State University scientists are calling for a thorough scan of images of the moon to try and identify signs of aliens.

Solar storms 'sandblasting' the moon

Solar storms and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are powerful enough to erode the surface of the moon, NASA simulations indicate.

Contact re-established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to re-establish communications with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft. 



Mysterious magnetic moon rocks explained

Scientists believe they finally have an explanation for why magnetized rocks are found on the moon, even though it now has no magnetic field.

NASA animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

Feds nab granny for trying to sell moon rock

If you have any moon rocks at home you may want to forget about ever trying to sell them. A California grandma learned the hard way that the feds don’t like it when you try to sell moon rock dust.

Russia wants to colonize the moon

The moon may be a harsh mistress, but Russian scientists say they want to establish a colony below the lunar surface.