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Researchers Revise Age of the Moon

Study takes 85M years off its age

(Newser) - It's not such a huge change in the cosmic scheme of things, but researchers say the moon is millions of years younger than we thought. Specifically, a new model laid out in Science Advances pegs its creation at 4.425 billion years ago instead of the generally accepted figure... More »

For When You Go to the Moon, and You've Got to Go

NASA offers prize money for a better toilet design

(Newser) - We don't know where or when NASA does its best thinking, but at some point recently, the agency decided there might be a better idea for a toilet to use in space. One that works on the surface of the moon would be especially helpful. So it's asking... More »

As Nations Eye Mining Moon, the 'Artemis Accords' Emerges

Trump administration reportedly creates international pact on moon bases, resource mining

(Newser) - The Trump administration is reportedly working on an international agreement that would lay out ground rules for moon bases and lunar mining. The Artemis Accords, named for NASA's new Artemis moon program, proposes having "safety zones" around a country's moon base. "The idea is if you... More »

Own a Chunk of the Moon—for a Price

Big rock up for sale at Christie's for $2.5M

(Newser) - Rich space enthusiasts who can't get a seat on a rocket now can settle for having space come to them. Christie's has a chunk of the moon for sale, and it's valued at $2.5 million, reports Reuters . The lunar meteorite (designated formally as NWA 12691) weighs... More »

How Trump's Moon Plan Might Actually Pan Out

There really are plans to mine the moon

(Newser) - President Trump issued an executive order last month allowing US companies to mine the moon, but—is this really possible? Sure enough, Popular Mechanics lays out enough of the science, current projects, and history of moon-mining enthusiasm to make it seem real. "We've just been moving in a... More »

Trump Order: US Should Mine Moon for Minerals

This 'order establishes US policy toward the recovery and use of space resources'

(Newser) - President Trump issued an executive order Monday urging the US to mine the moon, and possibly other celestial bodies, for minerals, the Guardian reports. "Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space," says the order, which notes that... More »

Here Comes the 'Pink' Moon

Tuesday's full moon will be brightest of the year

(Newser) - Everyone stuck at home Tuesday night will at least have something to look at in the sky: a "pink" supermoon will be on the rise, reports Smithsonian . The bad news is that the full moon won't actually be pink, though it will have a golden hue when it'... More »

Astronauts' Urine May Be Handy on the Moon

Scientists say it could be mixed with lunar soil to help build shelters

(Newser) - In the fictional world, Matt Damon used his own poop to grow potatoes on Mars. In the real world, scientists just figured out another way human waste—in this case, urine—could benefit future astronauts. Their new study suggests astronauts could build shelters with lunar soil and human urine, reports... More »

The Worm Moon Is Coming

March's supermoon to be followed by two more in April and May

(Newser) - The first of a consecutive trio of supermoons arrives Monday. The March supermoon—a full moon that nears the closest point to Earth in its oval-shaped orbit, appearing up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when at its farthest point—is dubbed the worm or sap moon. That's... More »

Earth's Gravity Catches 'Another Moon'

Scientists call it a 'minimoon'

(Newser) - Take a gander at the stars, and you might spot ... no, you won't. It's way too small. But scientists say Earth likely has another moon—at least for now—that's no bigger than a car, New Scientist reports. Astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona noticed... More »

NASA Finds Moon Lander Crash Site

'Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement'

(Newser) - NASA said Tuesday that it has found the debris from India's moon lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The US space agency released a photo showing the site of the lander's impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site.... More »

We're Getting a Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th

That's a fairly rare occurrence

(Newser) - If you're one of those people who starts getting excited for all things autumn and Halloween as soon as Labor Day is over, this should get you really excited: This year's harvest moon occurs Friday, which just so happens to be Friday the 13th. The harvest moon is... More »

Indian Moon Mission That Much Closer to Touchdown

The landing module has separated from the orbiter

(Newser) - The landing module of India's unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown on the moon's south polar region this weekend, the space agency said. All the systems of orbiter and the lander are "healthy," the Indian Space Research Organization... More »

India Launches Landmark Moon Mission

It would be first to land on the south pole

(Newser) - Liftoff. India launched an unmanned rocket to the moon on Monday, a week after a last-minute technical glitch forced scientists there to abort the mission. If all goes well, this mission will be the first to land on the lunar south pole, reports the BBC . India will send down a... More »

4 Things Armstrong and Aldrin Left Behind

Some of it is nice (messages of hope!), some not so much (human waste)

(Newser) - When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin departed the moon, they left more than 100 things behind. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this weekend, Florida Today has a list of seven of the most interesting. A sampling:
  • Tributes: A patch from the Apollo 1
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Moon Mission Called Off With Only Minutes to Go

A 'technical snag' snarls the Chandrayaan-2

(Newser) - India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff, the AP reports. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research... More »

NASA to Open Moon Rock Samples Sealed 50 Years

Geologists will use new technology on Apollo samples

(Newser) - Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open... More »

Big Ask From NASA for Its 2024 Moon Expedition

Agency says it will need between $20B and $30B over the next 5 years

(Newser) - Back in March, Vice President Mike Pence vowed we'd get to the moon by 2024 by "any means necessary." Now, there's a number that NASA is pinning to "necessary": The agency says it will need between $20 billion and $30 billion over the next five... More »

Trump Tweet About Moon Sets Off Internet Frenzy

President seemed to take issue with NASA initiatives after Fox News segment

(Newser) - If you were wondering why everyone was making moon and Mars jokes online yesterday and into today, it can all be traced back to a tweet. President Trump was behind the online posting that had everyone buzzing, putting up somewhat of a puzzler Friday afternoon regarding upcoming space missions by... More »

Blue Moon This Weekend

At 5:11pm Eastern on Saturday, to be exact

(Newser) - The moon will be full on Saturday, and that has some sky watchers proclaiming the arrival of a "blue flower moon." The explanation gets a little convoluted, but the easy part is that May's full moon is often called the "flower moon" because of all the... More »

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