New Lunar Photos Offer a Stunning 3D Flyby Of The Apollo 11 Site

Forty Years after touching down near the Sea of Tranquility, the trails of disturbed regolith created by the Apollo 11 astronauts are still clearly visible in photographs taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists used those and other images to create this amazing virtual model of the landing site. » 7/18/14 10:20am Friday 10:20am

Congress Wants To Explore Europa To Seek Out New Life —And New Jobs

Earlier this week, the Planetary Society held a pep rally for Europa, where Bill Nye and climate change-denier House Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) set aside their differences to promote planetary science. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that a Europa expedition could pump millions of dollars into Congressional districts. » 7/18/14 7:45am Friday 7:45am

Mysterious "Fargo On The Moon" Script Has Darren Aronofsky Interested

What is Moonfall? All we know about is that it's a thriller that's being described as like Fargo, only set on the Moon. It's the work of actor/screenwriter David Weil, who had another script on the 2013 Black List of great unproduced screenplays. And a ton of people, including Darren Aronofsky, are jazzed. » 7/17/14 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

How Brazil Nuts Solved A Mystery About Asteroids

When Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft photographed the asteroid Itokawa in 2005, scientists were puzzled by what they saw: The total volume of boulders strewn about its surface were greater than the volume of the craters they were supposed to have come from. Now physicists have an answer... by studying the movement of nuts. » 7/16/14 7:20am 7/16/14 7:20am

Curiosity Rover Finds A Huge Metal Meteorite

Talk about heavy metal! This shiny, lumpy rock spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover is likely made mostly of iron —andcame from outer space! It's an iron meteorite, similar to ones found in years past by Curiosity's forerunners Spirit and Opportunity, but is considerably larger than any of the ones the MER rovers came… » 7/15/14 7:00pm 7/15/14 7:00pm