Mapping the Moon

Selenography, the study of surface and physical features of the Moon, is a field where science meets art. From careful engravings and sketches of early observations to lunar photography, it is all gorgeous. So settle in, and enjoy some lunar eye-candy. » 4/13/14 8:02pm 4/13/14 8:02pm

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

This interactive panorama is the best way to explore the lunar surface

Zoom, tilt, pan and scan in this breathtaking interactive view of the moon's surface and beyond (check out that view of Earth!). Assembled from images acquired by China's recently arrived Chang'e 3 lunar lander, it's the next best thing to being there. » 1/22/14 7:00am 1/22/14 7:00am

China's Moon Rover Snaps a View of Earth We Haven't Seen in 40 Years

Nearly a month after the stunningly successful soft landing on the Moon by China's first lunar mission on Dec. 14, 2013, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has at last released far higher quality digital imagery snapped by the Chang'e-3 lander and Yutu moon rover. » 1/12/14 8:20am 1/12/14 8:20am

The 101 Best Astronomical Events to Watch Out For in 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, we once again cast our thoughts to all things astronomical for the coming year. For the last half decade, I've been constructing this list of all things astronomical for the following 365 days, lovingly distilling the events transpiring worldwide down to a 101 "best events of the year." Here are … » 12/26/13 11:20am 12/26/13 11:20am

NASA recreates the moment Apollo 8 astronauts photographed Earthrise

The photograph of the Earth rising over the moon taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968 is one of the iconic images of the US space program, and in this visualization, NASA recreates the moment the photo was taken, pairing digitally rendered views from inside and outside the spacecraft with the astronauts' audio. » 12/22/13 9:00am 12/22/13 9:00am

Imagining the Earth through the eyes of China's Yutu rover

The Yutu rover is now scouring the lunar surface on a three-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of the Bay of Rainbows. The Chinese probe is also set to leave behind a powerful telescope. Here's what Yutu will see when it peers towards Earth — and what the eclipse of April 15th, 2014, might look like. » 12/20/13 7:20am 12/20/13 7:20am