Our 'Glowing Moon': LADEE Spacecraft Discovers Neon in Lunar Atmosphere

Artist's conception of the LADEE spacecraft orbiting the Moon. It's findings will help scientists to better understand thin exospheres, such as the one our own Moon has. Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

Artist’s conception of the LADEE spacecraft orbiting the Moon. Its findings will help scientists to better understand thin exospheres, such as the one our own Moon has. Image Credit: NASA Ames/Dana Berry

The existence of neon gas in our Moon’s ultra-thin atmosphere has been confirmed for the first time, by NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and […]

'Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus and Titan

Artist’s conception of Europa’s interior, with water rising through cracks in the surface, depositing salts similar to sea salt on Earth. The ocean below may be a habitable environment for some kind of life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The exploration of the outer Solar System has revealed a plethora of amazing worlds, the likes of which […]

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 […]

NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole

A new interactive mosaic from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter covers the north pole of the moon from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude at a resolution of 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) per pixel. Close-ups of Thales crater (right side) zoom in to reveal increasing levels of detail.Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Scientists, using cameras […]

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 […]

United Launch Alliance Poised to Conduct Landmark 75th Mission

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

Next month, the Centennial, Colo.-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) will hit a milestone by launching its 75th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Already deep into processing, the Atlas V vehicle for the scheduled late September mission will deliver the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely […]

The Moon and Sun

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/LRO/GSFC

Two or three times a year, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observes the Moon traveling across the Sun, blocking its view. While this obscures solar observations for a short while, it offers the chance for an interesting view of the shadow of the Moon. The Moon’s crisp horizon can be seen up […]

LADEE Arrives at Wallops for Moon Mission

The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrives at NASA Wallops to begin final processing for its trip to the moon later this year. Photo Credit: NASA

The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrived today at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to begin final processing for its trip to the […]

LADEE Set to Investigate Lunar Atmosphere and Test High-Speed Data Link

Artist’s impression of the LADEE spacecraft in lunar orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Ames

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is due for launch in September 2013 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. LADEE will study the composition and structure of the tenuous lunar atmosphere, including dust that may be lofted up from […]

LRO Finds GRAIL's Lunar Impact Sites

In this image, both of the impact sites of the mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft can be seen. The final resting spots of these two spacecraft were imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has found the impacts made by its cousin(s), the Gravity Recovery and Interior […]