Could This Lunar Cave Provide Shelter for a Future Moon Colony?

What you're looking at here is not an impact crater. It's a large hole on the Moon's surface that formed when the ground above a lava tube collapsed. NASA believes these pits widen underground and contain tunnels — which would be very handy for the first wave of lunar colonists. » 7/18/14 1:00pm 7/18/14 1:00pm

China's Lunar Rover Yutu: Not Dead Yet

Just one day after being declared officially dead, Jade Rabbit has suddenly sprung back to life, transmitting a downlink signal to mission controllers back home on Earth. But while the rover may not be completely lost, it's still not clear if it's functional enough to continue the mission. » 2/13/14 7:00am 2/13/14 7:00am

Researchers design a robot to explore the moon's mysterious volcanic…

Three years ago, Japanese researchers discovered a cavern on the moon using the SELENE satellite. It's estimated that the subterranean structure is 65 meters wide and at least 80 meters in depth. Given that it's too deep to be a crater, and that it was likely carved by lava, it's a natural cavern that's just begging… » 11/20/12 3:10pm 11/20/12 3:10pm

This Lunar astronaut art is going up in the final space shuttle flight

There's something almost unbearably sad and touching about this bright piece of art, depicting astronauts on the Moon. It's going to be included on the very last space shuttle flight, the end of the space program that gave us Apollo. » 8/03/10 8:30am 8/03/10 8:30am

Which Country Will Be The Next To Put An Astronaut On The Moon?

President Obama's 2011 budget cut NASA's Constellation program, his predecessor's plan to return humans to the Moon, en route to Mars. With the US government apparently out of the race to return to the Moon, who will now be next? » 2/11/10 11:54am 2/11/10 11:54am

NASA's New Moon Missions Hope To Crash And Burn

Don't be too concerned when you hear that latest NASA launch has crashed into the surface of the moon; it doesn't mean that everything's gone wrong. The entire point of one of the two missions is to do just that. » 6/19/09 8:30am 6/19/09 8:30am

The Electric Rocket That May Put A Robotic Inchworm On The Moon

Here's the "underdog" electric-powered rocket that just may conquer the Moon and win Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize. The Lunatrex rocket uses a slow-but-steady approach, taking months instead of days to reach the Moon. » 6/05/09 4:30pm 6/05/09 4:30pm

This day in 1970: Apollo 13 Returns Home

39 years ago today, the world let loose a collective sigh of relief, as the Apollo 13 Odyssey Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. This followed a tense week, as the world watched after an on-board explosion nearly cost the lives of astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise on the way to the… » 4/17/09 11:30am 4/17/09 11:30am

China Lands on the Moon - Sort of

On Sunday, the Chinese space program announced that their satellite, Chang'e-I, ended its 16 month mapping mission with a planned crash on the lunar surface, destroying the craft. » 3/03/09 1:30pm 3/03/09 1:30pm