Our home planet and its moon are but specks against the vast blackness of space in this image from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2. The robotic explorer is currently flying past the Earth to redirect its trajectory into the main asteroid belt.
Styx, the faintest moon of Pluto, is absolutely miniscule. This fuzzball of a rock is just a few kilometers across, and is making me squeal in unconstrained glee.
Europa takes a simple question and makes it a challenge: Which of these are frying pans, and which is Jupiter’s moon? Eight of these are of cookware, and one is of a planetary object. How can this be so tricky?!
Asteroid 2004 BL86 charmed us with its tiny, dive-bombing moon during its close approach at the start of this week. Now JPL has released more radar data of the minuscule moon's trajectory guaranteed to charm us with its unwavering obedience to the laws governing orbital dynamics.
Early this morning, a big (but not too big) asteroid made a close (but not too close!) pass by our planet. While totally unthreatening as a doomsday scenario, this particular asteroid makes for beautiful viewing: it has a tiny, orbiting moon. Update: More radar footage!
The moon has been tempting astronauts into snapping its photo frequently in the lead-up to tomorrow's full moon.
After completing 100 days of lunar observations, the LADEE spacecraft was sent on a collision course to smash into the moon in April 2014. Now the Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter has spotted where it crashed, creating a sharp new addition to the dust and craters.
In 1960, the United States was dreaming of ways to make a self-sustaining military moon base. Project Horizon is now declassified as a bit of not-so-secret alternate history.
Psychedelic artwork, or the surface of the moon? Why choose when you can have both at the same time? The Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter team collected the most artistic, abstract data from the Moon, and I'm loving it. This is true Moon Art, loaded with science.
The Earth seen from space is always awe-inspiring, but the view of the moon from the International Space Station caught me without words.
Ganymede, one of three ocean moons of Jupiter, could be hiding layers under its icy exterior. New experiments on the behaviour of saline water under pressure suggest a complex, layered ocean with a rocky sea floor, not a single ocean sandwiched between crusts of dense ice.
With the recent arrival of the crashed remains of LADEE, it's time to look at the space-junk accumulating on the far side of 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.
Snapped off the coast of Australia by an Expedition 28 astronaut on the International Space Station, this is a beautiful photograph illustrating atmospheric layers. The black at the bottom of photograph is the Earth, followed by saturated orange troposphere illuminated by a setting sun. The troposphere is the lowest…
LADEE, the spacecraft that completed 100 days of science before entering into a decaying orbit, is getting ever-closer to crashing into the moon. Now NASA is running a contest to see who can guess when exactly that crash will take place.
One lunar eclipse is enchanting. Are you ready for more? Starting in April, North America is going to have a series of four lunar eclipses spaced approximately six months apart. Sounds like a good time to take up astrophotography!
Newest research sez, volunteer citizen-scientists with the Moonmappers project do just as well as trained experts at mapping craters on the moon. This research is vital for understanding relative ages, odds of impact events, and how our solar system has evolved over time.
On March 6, 1969, Dave Scott, Rusty Schweickart, and Jim McDivitt tested docking the Apollo 9 Command and Services Module docked with the lunar module. Or, Gumdrop met Spider in a late test that shuffled around crews, changing who would land on the moon.