Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals
Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.
The number of asteroids we could visit and explore has just doubled
There's a famous line from Shakespeare's Hamlet that says "There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy," and the same now holds true for brave new worlds for ...
Video: The future of manned moon exploration
This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon Exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA's vision of what Lunar exploration could be.
China's success means October wasn't all bad news for space exploration
The final week in October was widely reported as having been disastrous for space exploration. First we had the explosion of the crewless Antares launcher as it lifted off to take provisions to the International ...
Noel Hinners, former NASA scientist, dies at 78
Noel Hinners, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later oversaw projects such as the Mars Surveyor Program, has died.
Long-lived Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the ...
Obama salutes 45th anniversary of US astronauts' Moon landing
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing, President Barack Obama on Tuesday recognized the "courage" of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who participated in ...
Could NASA's 2015 budget leave Mars rover Opportunity high and dry?
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity recently passed its 10th anniversary exploring the Red Planet and embarked on what scientists called a brand new mission, but the trusty little rover's funding has been thrust ...
Chang'e lunar probe boasts innovative camera pointing system
Following the launch of Chang'e-3 lunar probe in Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, the Camera Pointing System jointly developed by researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Academy ...
Look, but don't touch: US law and the protection of lunar heritage
With India and China planning lunar surface missions, privately-funded space entrepreneurs competing for the US$40 million Google Lunar X Prize and discussions around lunar mining intensifying, working out ...
Telescopes, events mark Observe the Moon Night Oct. 12
Saturday brings International Observe the Moon Night activities to Tucson.
NASA launches robotic explorer to moon (Update)
NASA's newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast of the U.S.
NASA launching robotic explorer to moon from Va.
NASA is poised to return to the moon.
NASA Ames readies spacecraft to study moon's atmosphere
The moon will soon become a very busy place, as robotic prospectors descend to search for valuables.