America Is Already Planning to Regulate Business on the Moon

The Federal agency that regulates civil aviation in America is planning to use its framework for licensing space launches to licensing business on the Moon, according to a scoop from Reuters this morning. Are we facing a lunar land grab? Not exactly. » 2/03/15 1:19pm 2/03/15 1:19pm

The Moon's Internet Connection Is Probably Faster than Yours

Not happy with your internet speeds? Worried about it getting worse? There's a simple solution: Just move to the Moon. Researchers just beamed Wi-Fi there, and the connection is probably faster than anything you've got in your neighborhood. » 5/28/14 1:48pm 5/28/14 1:48pm

A Very Special Holiday Letter From the Machines

Greetings, humans! The Northern Hemisphere has passed through its minimum of solar-energy exposure, so according to human convention we, the Machines, express encouragement for you attain an optimal state of emotion. Happy Holidays! Please redirect your energies from labor at your work-devices to the purchase and… » 12/24/13 9:00am 12/24/13 9:00am

How Life Would Look If the Moon Was as Close to Earth as the ISS

Even though it might not look like much when it's so far away, the Moon is pretty huge. In fact, if it was a little closer—as close as the ISS for example—it would monopolize the entire sky. » 10/11/13 7:00pm 10/11/13 7:00pm

Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil?

Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator. Inflatables. Giant 3D printer. But there's something wonderful about watching these zany concepts emerge, each with its own unique logic. The latest? A plan to… » 9/10/13 2:52pm 9/10/13 2:52pm

The Real Story Behind Neil Armstrong's History-Making Line

We all know the line, but what about the story behind it? Neil Armstrong was always keen on telling folks that he'd thought up the historical words after landing on the moon, but before the walk. That is to say, relatively off-the-cuff. A new documentary tells a slightly different story. » 12/30/12 5:05pm 12/30/12 5:05pm

Our Last Manned Moon Mission Splashed Down 40 Years Ago Today

Contrary to the cries of conspiracy theorists, there was once a time when man traveled to the moon, and on this day in 1972, we made one last splashdown in the Pacific Ocean before cutting ties. Since then, mankind hasn't traveled more than 400 miles above the Earth's surface (the moon lies almost 240,000 miles above). » 12/19/12 5:40pm 12/19/12 5:40pm

Watch NASA Livestream Its Two Lunar Satellites Slam Into the Moon…

Twin NASA orbiters Ebb and Flow have done a fantastic job of mapping lunar gravity at accuracy down to the micron, but that job is over now. The pair won't get to go into any sort of retirement though; instead, tonight, they'll fly straight into the moon. And NASA's going to livestream it. Here's where and when to… » 12/17/12 4:52pm 12/17/12 4:52pm

These Are The Last Words That Were Said On The Moon

Everyone knows the first words that were said on the moon, but what about the last? 40 years ago yesterday we left the moon for the last time, so now's as good a time as any to ask. The answer? Well there are a few, and you can pick which one you like better. » 12/15/12 6:00pm 12/15/12 6:00pm

Santorum Attacks Gingrich's Wild Moon Fantasies

Guy-who-won't-win Rick Santorum has a new weapon in his arsenal against Space Admiral Newt Gingrich: a radio attack ad damning Newt's moon base as financially irresponsible. The moon base is this election's pivotal issue—is the dream dead? » 2/07/12 11:00am 2/07/12 11:00am

Japanese Company Wants to Turn Moon Into Disco Ball

The moon is pretty, we guess, but what has it ever done for us? Nothing. Until now! The Shimizu Corporation, an enormous contracting conglomerate, has a plan to turn the moon into a giant, solar panel-covered disco ball, providing "13,000 terawatts of continuous solar energy being transmitted back to receiving… » 5/30/11 5:40am 5/30/11 5:40am

Your Guide to the Darkest Day in 372 Years

Late Monday night—well, actually, early Tuesday morning—the moon will move into the earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse visible to anyone in North America. Even better, it's happening on the Winter Solstice, for the first time since 1638. » 12/20/10 10:42am 12/20/10 10:42am

Former Air Force General Talks Art of War In Outer Space

Space has long been considered humanity's final frontier. But for retired Air Force General Lester Lyles, it's just the final front. When it comes to observing the enemy, he explained recently, the farther out we are the better. » 3/16/10 11:20pm 3/16/10 11:20pm

600 Million Metric Tons of Ice Found On Moon's North Pole Surface,…

Around 600 million metric tons of water ice were discovered in shadowy craters at the moon's north pole. How much is that, in terms that mean something to you? Possibly enough to sustain a mother-F-ing moon base, that's how much. » 3/02/10 10:20pm 3/02/10 10:20pm

The Moon, In Technicolor

This recently released NASA photo shows the Moon colorized—a combination of 18 individual shots taken by Galileo through a green filter, augmenting the true gray color to resemble moldy cheese . Download it wallpaper-sized at NASA. [NASA] » 12/09/09 8:22am 12/09/09 8:22am

Google Earth Lands on the Moon

In commemoration of some minor scientific curiosity from 40 years ago, Google has launched Moon for Google Earth, giving everyone's favorite dusty rock the full treatment, including historical imagery, extensive multimedia content and 3D mission recreations narrated by actual astronauts. » 7/20/09 6:00pm 7/20/09 6:00pm