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New Moon: LRO Discovers Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

A series of surface features called irregular mare patches that have been recently discovered on the Moon, are thought to be remnants of small basaltic eruptions that are indicative of lunar volcanic activity as recent as several million years ago. This image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one such feature, called Maskelyne. Image [...]

Buried in the Deep: Could Water Ice Deposits on the Moon Generate Their Own Organic Compounds?

A high-definition image of the Earth rising above the Moon’s south pole, taken from Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter in 2007. Permanently shadowed craters near the lunar polar regions have been found to harbor water ice deposits and organic compounds. Could these organics be composed in-situ inside the bottoms of these craters? Image Credit: JAXA

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Opinion: Awakening the Sleeping Satellite—The Value of Human Lunar Exploration

A photo of the Moon from Earth orbit, taken by the crew of the International Space Station. Will our natural satellite harbor humanity’s next outpost in space following the retirement of the ISS? Image Credit: NASA

I blame you for the moonlit nights when I wonder why are the seas still dry? don’t blame [...]

China Launches Chang’e 3 on Country's First Mission to Land on the Moon

Liftoff of China’s Chang’e 3 and their “Jade Rabbit” Yutu rover to the surface of the Moon from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. Image Credit: CCTV

Today, under cover of darkness, China successfully launched their first robotic lunar rover atop a powerful Long March-3B rocket from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center [...]

UAH Researcher Helping Solve Moon’s Water Puzzles

The Moon. Image Credit: NASA

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (Nov. 14, 2013) — One of the things Dr. Richard Miller thinks is coolest about working as part of a team investigating the origin and mapping of water on the lunar poles is that he can look up at night, or when the Moon rises during the [...]

NASA's GRAIL Mission Puts a New Face on the Moon

Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft mapped the Moon’s gravity field, as depicted in this artist’s rendering. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists, using data from the lunar-orbiting twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, are gaining new insight into how the face of the Moon received its rugged good [...]

AmericaSpace Exclusive Interview With Golden Spike's Dr. Alan Stern

The Golden Spike Company’s Alan Stern talks with AmericaSpace about his company’s plans to return crews to the lunar surface. Image Credit: The Golde Spike Company / NASA

Within the past month or so, the commercial space firm, The Golden Spike Company, has burst onto the public consciousness with its announcement that it will [...]

Golden Spike Company Announces Plans to Send Crews to Moon Within the Decade

Image Credit: The Golden Spike Company

The private space arena has exploded in recent years, accomplishing things that were once the purview of nations. Now, one of these firms has made an announcement that it is working to send commercial customers to the Moon.  The Golden Spike Company has stated that, for the hefty [...]