Moon: February 2019

Every object, planet or person traveling through space has to contend with the Sun's damaging radiation -- and the Moon has the scars to prove it.

NASA has selected 12 science and technology demonstration payloads to fly to the Moon as early as the end of this year, dependent upon the availability of commercial landers.

An Israeli spacecraft from SpaceIL was launched Thursday, Feb. 21 and is aiming to touch down on Mare Serenitatis two months later.

When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the Moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the Moon's surface in ingredients that could make water, NASA scientists have found.

Just after midnight (UTC) on February 1, 2019, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) passed nearly overhead the Chang'e 4 landing site.

Five sites on the far side of the Moon now have official names, including Chang'e-4's landing site. The names have significance in Chinese culture, reflecting the background of the probe's team.

NASA held a media briefing session today at NASA HQ. The purpose of the briefing was to talk about the various lunar activities NASA is engaged in.

On 3 January 2019 the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 safely landed on the floor of Von Kármán crater (186 kilometer diameter, 116 miles).