It took 50,000 individual photos to create this image of the moon

We’ve seen some pretty stunning images of the moon over the years thanks to high-powered imaging tools from NASA and other space agencies, but you don’t need a massive observatory just to create a gorgeous picture of Earth’s closest neighbor. Photographer Andrew McCarthy produced the incredible moon image you see above (and here, in full resolution) using a Sony camera […]

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China says it’s even colder on the Moon than we thought

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has been a rousing success for the country’s space agency and it’s already celebrated a number of “firsts,” including being the first lander to perform a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. The far side of the Moon — that is, the side that we never see here on Earth when we gaze […]

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Israel to take time capsule to moon on historic mission

The exclusive list of countries that have landed spacecraft on the Moon could get a new addition this year. This February, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for “beginning,” is expected to land on the lunar surface about two months later. […]

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China broadcasts photos from ‘dark’ side of the moon

BEIJING — China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon’s far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface. The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang’e 4 spacecraft that transported it on […]

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NASA still can’t explain these mysteries about the moon

The moon may be Earth’s closest neighbor, but there are still countless mysteries surrounding the rocky world. NASA has spent decades researching the moon — even landing 12 of its astronauts there — but some answers still elude its top space scientists. Here are four things we still don’t understand about the moon. The origin of the moon Exactly how […]

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China 'lifts mysterious veil' by landing probe on far side of the moon

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China’s space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country’s space program. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image […]

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Russian scientists unveil plan to colonize the moon

Russia has unveiled plans to build a colony on the moon within 20 years. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said: “This is the very important moment for Roscosmos.” He said the organization was struggling with financial burdens but there was a clear five-year plan that would lead to a new age of space technology. Anatoly Petrukovich […]

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America’s next moon landing won’t be made by NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine US companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The goal is to […]

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