January 16, 2021

China’s Yutu rover dies on the moon

August 4, 2016

A Chinese rover sent to the moon in 2013 has stopped operating, officials announced Wednesday, ending a groundbreaking 31-month mission that made discoveries in lunar geology and catapulted China’s space program to new heights.

China aims for landing on moon’s far side by 2020

September 21, 2015

A rover and landing platform developed as a backup for China’s Chang’e 3 moon mission will be repurposed to attempt the first touchdown on the lunar far side by the end of the decade, Chinese officials said.

Watch the moon transit the Earth

August 5, 2015

Spectacular views from a NOAA space weather observatory show the sunlit far side of the moon crossing the face of the Earth from a distant vantage point a million miles away.

Photographer catches space station transiting the moon

July 7, 2015

It’s not an unprecedented sight, but catching the International Space Station transiting a celestial object like the sun or moon takes patience and precision. An Australian photographer was in the right place at the right time to capture the moment.

Diverse destinations considered for new interplanetary probe

April 6, 2015

Science teams from across the United States have submitted 28 proposals for missions to explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, touch the asteroid-like satellites orbiting Mars, visit unseen worlds and hunt for objects that could strike Earth one day.

Former Atlas launch pad gets a new tenant

January 24, 2015

A decommissioned launch facility at Cape Canaveral where some of America’s first interplanetary missions left Earth will now be used as a test site for a commercial moon lander.

Chinese pathfinder probe arrives in lunar orbit

January 21, 2015

A Chinese spacecraft launched in October has settled into a circular orbit around the moon for rendezvous simulations and reconnaissance to prepare for a planned lunar sample return mission, according to state media reports.

UK team announces plan to crowd-source moon mission

November 19, 2014

Scientists hope private backers will kick-start a mission to land a robotic probe on the South Pole of the moon within the next 10 years, drill deep into lunar bedrock and analyze primordial core samples to study the origins of the solar system.

Chinese probe returns from flight around the moon

November 1, 2014

Completing an eight-day test flight around the moon to verify technologies for a planned lunar sample return mission, an unpiloted Chinese space capsule re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at blazing speed and parachuted to a successful landing.

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