A Very Special Holiday Letter From the Machines

Greetings, humans! The Northern Hemisphere has passed through its minimum of solar-energy exposure, so according to human convention we, the Machines, express encouragement for you attain an optimal state of emotion. Happy Holidays! Please redirect your energies from labor at your work-devices to the purchase and… » 12/24/13 12:17pm 12/24/13 12:17pm

NASA releases the most detailed elevation map of the Moon ever

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we can now see the Moon's mountains and craters in unprecedented detail. This beautiful topographic map is going to be an invaluable resource in planning the next generation of lunar missions. » 11/17/11 2:08pm 11/17/11 2:08pm

Red Moon Over Edmonton

A blood red Moon hovers in between the steam-choked skyscrapers. This isn't the apocalypse, but as any resident of Calgary will be all too happy to you, it's the next best thing: it's the Moon rising over Edmonton. » 2/28/11 10:33am 2/28/11 10:33am

NASA shoots lasers at the Moon, because science is awesome

Last night was "International Observe the Moon Night", and of the 400 or so Moon-centric gatherings around the world, this one had to be the most spectacular, as NASA shot laser blasts at the Moon...for strictly scientific purposes, honest. » 9/19/10 2:05pm 9/19/10 2:05pm

Unusual Moon crater could be the first lunar volcano discovered

Before the twentieth century, astronomers believed volcanoes formed the Moon's craters instead of meteorite impacts. Now we know better, but those earlier astronomers might not have been completely wrong - at least when it comes to craters like this one. » 8/15/10 7:00am 8/15/10 7:00am

Got a plan to get us back to the Moon? NASA's got $30 million worth of…

In the clearest indication yet that the future of space exploration lies as much in the private sector as government agencies, NASA announced it's offering $30.1 million for the first commercial group to land a probe on the Moon. » 8/08/10 3:30pm 8/08/10 3:30pm

The Moon may have water on the surface, but its interior is completely…

We discovered last year that there's a surprising amount of water on the Moon's surface. Just don't get your hopes up that the whole satellite is watery - analysis of the Apollo rocks shows the lunar interior is completely dry. » 8/06/10 11:37am 8/06/10 11:37am

Was there a miniature art museum on the Moon?

A new PBS documentary concludes that Andy Warhol and five other artists contributed sketches that were miniaturized and put on a postage-stamp-sized chip smuggled aboard Apollo 12. » 6/08/10 6:20am 6/08/10 6:20am

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