Private firm could put a robot on the moon next year

Private space company Astrobotic Technology says it's signed a contract with SpaceX to launch a robotic payload to the moon as soon as December next year.

NASA illuminates dark side of the moon

NASA is working on a topographic map of the moon showing its mysterious dark side in greater detail than ever before.

Moon's resources could sustain human base

NASA has concluded that there may be enough water on the moon to sustain a manned lunar base.

Amateur moon-flight teams meet to discuss plans

Competing teams of amateur spaceship-builders are meeting on the Isle of Man this week to discuss their entries for the Google Lunar X Prize competition.

Second Chinese lunar probe set for launch tonight

The Chinese National Space Administration says its Chang'e-2 lunar probe is ready for launch tonight from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) in Sichuan province.

Martian moon Phobos created by huge blast

Mars' largest moon, Phobos, may have been blasted off into space by some catastrophe on the planet's surface, say two different scientific studies.

New moon map sheds light on Earth's early history

The moon was blitzed by two different sets of asteroids or comets in its youth, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

Duck, everybody: two asteroids to zip close by Earth today

Later today, two asteroids will swing so close to the Earth that they pass between us and the orbit of the moon.

The moon may be shrinking, says NASA

The moon has grown smaller in the recent past, and may still be shrinking, new images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft reveal.

Ray Bradbury doesn't like Obama or e-readers

Acclaimed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury says he is mad at president Barack Obama.

Much more water on moon than thought

There's a lot more water in the moon's interior than previously believed, say scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory.

Lockheed Martin designs world's largest heat shield

Engineers at Lockheed Martin have successfully completed fabrication of the world's largest heat shield.

NASA radar finds ice at moon's north pole

Instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected millions of tons of water ice near the moon's north pole.

Obama to Moon Base: Drop Dead!

Space is the final frontier. We haven't lived up to the promise of the 1950s and 60s, the heyday of the space race but we still carry with us dreams of the stars. Mike Honig, an avowed space exploration enthusiast, gives his take on the Administration's recent cost cutting impact on our integalactic future.