Neil Armstrong wants NASA back in space

Neil Armstrong - the first person to walk on the moon - recently told Congress that America simply cannot maintain a realistic leadership position without human access to space.  

The Blair Witch Project on the moon

Although Apollo 18 didn't take off at the box office, it certainly did boast an interesting "high concept" pitch.

High winds delay Grail launch

NASA is hoping to launch its twin Grail spacecraft this morning, after a temporary delay because of poor weather.

Miniature nuclear reactor designed for use on other planets

Engineers from NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are working on a suitcase-sized nuclear reactor for use on the moon and other planets.

Moon may be millions of years younger than thought

A new analysis of a piece of lunar rock indicates that the moon is much younger than previously thought - or else scientists have been dramatically wrong about the way in which it was formed.

Earth once had a second moon

The Earth once had two moons circling in the same orbit, say scientists, until a collision between the two created the moon we see today.

Icy moon rains water onto Saturn

ESA’s Herschel space observatory has solved the 14-year mystery of where the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere comes from - it's being expelled from the planet's moon Enceladus.

Volcano found on far side of the moon

Scientists have found a volcanic 'hot spot' on the far side of the moon, indicating that the moon's been more geologically active, more recently, than previously believed.

Fourth moon discovered around Pluto

Quite by accident, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the (dwarf) planet Pluto.

China want to explore the Moon, Venus and Mars

In light of last week's final NASA space shuttle launch, Beijing is stepping up to the plate with aspirations of exploring the Moon, Venus and Mars.

Swatch from Apollo 11 flag fails to sell

Some scraps and trimmings from the flag planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969 failed to sell at auction over the weekend, despite having been described as the 'ultimate' piece of space memorabilia.

Moon tape recovered after forty years

Sure, it’s easy to misplace your stapler, but what about a tiny piece of transparent tape covered in moon dust brought back with the Apollo 11 astronauts!?

Cassini images throw light on Saturnian moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made its second-closest visit to Saturn's icy moon Helene, snapping details of its Saturn-facing side.

Moon has much more water than thought

The moon appears to be far richer in water than previously believed, following the discovery of 'melt inclusions' in rocks brought back from the Apollo mission in 1972.

Moon tourists to get more living space

Space Adventures says it's planning to expand the living space available on its planned tourist trip around the moon.

Bill calls for US return to the moon

A Florida congrssman has introduced a bill calling for a US manned moon mission by 2022. Bill Posey's bill - H.R. 1641, the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act - says that a return to the moon would benefit the country through everything from new technologies to improved natinal security.

Russia wants a nuclear-powered spacecraft for Mars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently working with NASA to develop a major Mars exploration project.

Brits expect to vacation on moon by 2020

Just a generation ago, the British on vacation were happy as clams sitting on a rain-lashed Cornish beach with some fish-paste sandwiches and a thermos of tea.

Lunar lair could be used as Moon Base Alpha

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization say they have identified a giant underground cave on the moon, which could be the perfect location for a future lunar base station.

Apollo 18: Why we never returned to the Moon

There were originally three additional missions scheduled to fly to the Moon in the initial Apollo plan. Yet, all were supposedly cancelled due to budgetary constraints. 

But not everyone believes the missions were scrapped, with some conspiracy theorists insisting the (Cold War-era) DoD covered up one last enigmatic trek to the scarred lunar surface.