Moon News
May 20, 2019

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A new analysis suggests that the moon is actively shrinking and producing moonquakes along thousands of cliffs called thrust faults spread over the moon's surface. The faults ... read more
Observers watching January's total eclipse of the Moon saw a rare event, a short-lived flash as a meteorite hit the lunar surface. Astronomers now think the space rock ... read more
For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how Earth's moon formed. Now researchers say they may have ... read more
NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely 'marsquake'. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside ... read more
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Chang'e 4 Rover Comes Into View

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter got a closer look at Chang'e 4 on the lunar far side. This time the small Yutu-2 rover shows up (two pixels) just north of the lander. Also, shadows cast by the ... read more

Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, scientists have identified three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the ... read more

Long Suspected Theory About the Moon Holds Water

Scientists have discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest ... read more

Mercury's Thin, Dense Crust

A planetary scientist has used careful mathematical calculations to determine the density of Mercury's crust, which is thinner than anyone ... read more

Magma Ocean May Be Responsible for the Moon's Early Magnetic Field

Around four billion years ago, the moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today. How the moon, with a much smaller core than Earth's, could have had ... read more

Water Appeared While Earth Was Still Growing

Cosmo-chemists have performed the largest study to date of oxygen isotopes in lunar rocks, and found a small but measurable difference in the makeup of the moon and Earth. The research proposes that ... read more

Space Radiation More Hazardous: Implication Sfor Astronauts and Satellites

It might sound like something from a science fiction plot - astronauts traveling into deep space being bombarded by cosmic rays - but radiation exposure is science fact. As future missions look to ... read more

Mineralogy of Potential Lunar Exploration Site

Scientists have long wanted to retrieve rock samples from the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin, and a new study could be helpful in locating an ideal landing ... read more

The Moon Formed Inside a Vaporized Earth Synestia

A new explanation for the Moon's origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia. The new model resolves several ... read more

How Does Water Change the Moon's Origin Story?

The Moon formed when an object collided with the proto-Earth. For years, scientists thought that in the aftermath, hydrogen and other so-called 'volatile elements' escaped and were lost to ... read more

On Second Thought, the Moon's Water May Be Widespread and Immobile

A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of ... read more

Moon's Slow Retreat from Frozen Earth

Researchers provide new insight into the moon's excessive equatorial bulge, a feature that solidified in place over four billion years ago as the moon gradually distanced itself from the ... read more

Moon's Crust Underwent Resurfacing After Forming from Magma Ocean

A research team took to the lab to recreate the magmatic melt that once formed the lunar surface and uncovered new insights on how the modern moonscape came to ... read more

Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics ... read more

Potential Human Habitat Located on the Moon

A new study confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous conditions on the ... read more

Ancient Asteroid Impact Exposes the Moon's Interior

A large basin on the moon has revealed that its interior is made of a different mineral than Earth's interior, contradicting the theory that the interior of the planets look mostly the ... read more

The Moon Once Had an Atmosphere

A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to ... read more

Lava Tubes: Hidden Sites for Future Human Habitats on the Moon and Mars

Lava tubes, underground caves created by volcanic activity, could provide protected habitats large enough to house streets on Mars or even towns on the Moon, according to new research. A further ... read more

First Global Map of Water in Moon's Soil

A new study maps the trace concentrations of water implanted in the lunar soil by the solar wind, a water source that could be used as resource in future lunar ... read more

New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust

Scientists have found evidence that Mars' crust is not as dense as previously thought, a clue that could help researchers better understand the Red Planet's interior structure and ... read more

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