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Chinese rover analyzes moon rocks: First new ‘ground truth’ in 40...

In 2013, Chang'e-3, an unmanned lunar mission, touched down on the northern part of the Imbrium basin, one of the most prominent of the...

Study questions dates for cataclysms on early moon, Earth

Phenomenally durable crystals called zircons are used to date some of the earliest and most dramatic cataclysms of the solar system. One is the...

Mound near lunar south pole formed by unique volcanic process

A giant mound near the Moon’s south pole appears to be a volcanic structure unlike any other found on the lunar surface, according to...

Geochemical process on Saturn’s moon linked to life’s origin

New work from a team including Carnegie's Christopher Glein has revealed the pH of water spewing from a geyser-like plume on Saturn's moon Enceladus....

Mining the Moon becomes a serious prospect

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the Moon...

Dating the moon-forming impact event with meteorites

Through a combination of data analysis and numerical modeling work, researchers have found a record of the ancient Moon-forming giant impact observable in stony...

A New View of the Moon’s Formation

Within the first 150 million years after our solar system formed, a giant body roughly the size of Mars struck and merged with Earth,...

Theoretical study suggests huge lava tubes could exist on moon

Lava tubes large enough to house cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a theoretical study presented at the Lunar and...

Saturn moon’s ocean may harbor hydrothermal activity

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first clear evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that...

Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and...

Recreating the violent conditions of Earth's formation, scientists are learning more about how iron vaporizes and how this iron rain affected the formation of...

Asteroid that flew past Earth has moon

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The...

Saturn’s largest moon is a windy place

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is a peculiar place. Unlike any other moon, it has a dense atmosphere. It has rivers and lakes made up...

Evidence for basaltic volcanism on the Moon within the past 100...

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience has identified 70 volcanic features scattered across the lunar surface, all younger than 100 million...

Solving the mystery of the ‘Man in the Moon’

New data obtained by NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon -- a giant basin often...

Still hot inside the Moon: Tidal heating in the deepest part...

An international research team, led by Dr. Yuji Harada from Planetary Science institute, China University of Geosciences, has found that there is an extremely...

Tidal forces gave moon its shape early in its history, new...

The shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in ways that scientists have struggled to explain. A new study by researchers at...

Ocean on Saturn’s moon Titan could be as salty as Earth’s...

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as Earth's Dead...

How Did the Moon Really Form?

Planetary scientists have long believed that our moon formed following a collision between Earth and another planet, but studies of Earth and moon rocks...

Cracks in Pluto’s moon could indicate it once had an underground...

If the icy surface of Pluto's giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm...

Earth is around 60 million years older than previously thought —...

Work presented today at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Sacramento, California shows that the timing of the giant impact between Earth's ancestor and a...

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