This gorgeous photograph by Steve Nilsen shows that there are so many ways to make a traditional landscape shot interesting.
Last month, as the GRAIL-A spacecraft prepared to crash onto the Moon, it managed to capture these stunning images of the Moon's surface.
A new Moon mission from Russia is preparing to harness our new robotic space pioneers to reveal even more of the Moon's secrets.
Russia has been sending Soyuz capsules into space since the late 1960s. As spaceships go, they're simple, cheap, and dead nuts reliable, but the design is old enough that taking a Soyuz capsule much beyond Earth orbit isn't really an option. We've just heard that Russia has finalized the design for a new spacecraft that will be able to take humans all the way to the Moon.
For the past year, two spacecraft the size of washing machines have been orbiting the Moon in formation, mapping out gravitational anomalies by precisely measuring the distance between them. Now they're all done, and to celebrate, NASA is about to slam 'em both into a lunar mountain at a couple thousand miles an hour.
Mars has been the hot hypothetical destination for space tourists in recent months, but a new commercial space travel company called Golden Spike wants to open up the Moon to science and tourism instead, by offering round trip tickets to the lunar surface for governments, businesses, and people with an obscene amount of money.
We've known since February that the leading candidate for NASA's next major manned mission is a station located at the L2 Earth-Moon Lagrange Point out beyond the far side of the moon. The latest rumors suggest that this mission was probably approved by the Obama administration, and now that he's been reelected, it has a good chance of actually happening.
Moon rocks are really rare things, and pretty much all of the samples collected by lunar missions are in the hands of the world's governments. But there is another source, and it has coughed up this big lunar rock which will hit the auction block in New York next month.
You've got to give credit to China: when it decides to do something, it really pulls out all the stops. Just a month after throwing house party for its brand new space station, China has announced that it's planning to send a lander and a rover to the Moon by the end of next year.
Paleoselenologists are pretty sure that the Moon formed when a rogue planet about the size of Mars smacked into Earth billions of years ago. New models suggest that the rogue planet was not actually destroyed in the impact, and we don't know where it went. We also don't know where it is now. And it could strike again at any moment. RUN!