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November Supermoon a Spectacular Sight Video in Story

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The moon is a familiar sight in our sky, brightening dark nights and reminding us of space exploration, past and present.


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Explaining The Moon's Weird Orbit

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Simulation of Moon's Formation

The moon, Earth's closest neighbor, is among the strangest planetary bodies in the solar system.

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GRAIL Insights Into Giant Lunar Impacts

GRAIL Insights Into Giant Lunar Impacts

New results from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth's moon and other solid worlds, like Earth, Mars, and the satellites of the outer solar system.


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Using The Moon to Study Impact Event That Killed The Dinosaurs

Using The Moon to Study Impact Event That Killed The Dinosaurs

A team of scientists led by Universities Space Research Association's David Kring at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is using observations of the Moon to further understand the impact on Earth that is linked to the extinction of the dinosaurs.


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Small Lunar Impacts More Common Than Previously Thought

Small Lunar Impacts More Common Than Previously Thought Video in Story

The Moon's surface is being "gardened" -- churned by small impacts -- more than 100 times faster than scientists previously thought.


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Dry Debris or Liquid Flow on The Moon?

Dry Debris or Liquid Flow on The Moon?

Stevinus A (31.75°S, 51.55°E) is an 8 km diameter crater with very smooth, high albedo crater walls and low albedo streamers and streaks.


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First Earthrise Image Taken 50 Years Ago Today

First Earthrise Image Taken 50 Years Ago Today

50 Years ago today, on 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit. While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission.


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Measuring Earth Moon Distances By Laser

Measuring Earth Moon Distances By Laser

The Earth-Moon-Sun system has traditionally provided the best laboratory for testing the strong equivalence principle.


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Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Protoplanet Impact May Have Formed Moon's Imbrium Basin

Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin -- the right eye of the fabled Man in the Moon.


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Moon Photobombs Earth Again

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For only the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth.


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50th Anniversary of Surveyor 1 Landing On The Moon

50th Anniversary of Surveyor 1 Landing On The Moon

Before humans could take their first steps on the moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots.


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Source of Moon's Water Identified

Source of Moon's Water Identified

According to a new study published in Nature Communications, most of the water inside the Moon was delivered by asteroids (not comets) during the early evolution of the Moon, approximately 4.5-4.3 billion years ago.


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Fresh Lunar Craters Discovered

Fresh Lunar Craters Discovered

A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters - one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old in the Moon's darkest regions.


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ESA's Lunar Ice Drill For Luna 27

ESA's Lunar Ice Drill For Luna 27

A drill designed to penetrate 1-2 m into the lunar surface is envisaged by ESA to fly to the Moon's south pole on Russia's Luna-27 lander in 2020.


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Tales of a Tilting Moon Hidden in Its Polar Ice

Tales of a Tilting Moon Hidden in Its Polar Ice

The same face of the Moon has not always pointed towards the Earth.


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Lunar Ice Reveals Shift in The Moon's Tilt

Lunar Ice Reveals Shift in The Moon's Tilt

New NASA-funded research provides evidence that the spin axis of Earth's moon shifted by about five degrees roughly three billion years ago.



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