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A photo of Earth and the far side of the moon.

China says it will launch 2 robots to the far side of the moon in December on an unprecedented lunar exploration mission

China said on Wednesday that it plans to launch its Chang'e-4 mission to the far side of the moon in December. The mission's rover and lander aim to study the geology and chemistry of an ancient impact site and explore to possibility of building a sensitive deep-space radio telescope.
An illustration of "Sparrow," a 1,300-lb robotic lunar lander that could make Israel the fourth country ever to touch the moon's surface.

This ‘Sparrow’ lunar lander may soon make Israel the 4th country ever to land the moon

SpaceIL, a nonprofit company and former Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is closing in on a launch of its 1,300-lb lunar lander called "Sparrow." The group hopes to launch its robot atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets in December, then drop the probe to the lunar surface in February 2019.

A NASA satellite revealed what a lunar eclipse looks like from Mercury

The world experienced the longest total lunar eclipse in a century in July. In 2014, NASA's MESSENGER satellite, which orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015, captured a lunar eclipse from that vantage point. In the footage, the he moon does a disappearing act.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

An astronaut photographed the ‘blood moon’ from the International Space Station, and his pictures are haunting

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who lives aboard the International Space Station, used his camera to take stunning photos of the total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, from orbit on July 27, 2018.
The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014.

The longest total lunar eclipse in a century happens this week — here’s the difference between a lunar and solar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, will happen on July 27. Lunar eclipses and solar eclipses are essentially the reverse of one another; the difference is the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon.
A total lunar eclipse or blood moon as seen in a time-lapse series of images.

The total lunar eclipse would look stunning from the moon — Earth’s sunrise and sunset will connect in a ring of fire

The longest total lunar eclipse or blood moon in a century will happen overnight on July 27. From the moon, Earth will look like it's surrounded by a ring of fire, with its sunset and sunrise connected in a loop. A NASA animation shows what Earth's glowing red ring might look like.
A total lunar eclipse seen from Thailand on Jan. 31, 2018.

4 great ways to watch the longest ‘blood moon’ total lunar eclipse of the next 104 years

The longest total lunar eclipse in a century can't be seen from the US, Canada, or North America. But the Weather Channel, TimeAndDate.com, Slooh, and other sites will broadcast live online footage of the blood moon on July 27.
The phases of a total lunar eclipse.

The longest total lunar eclipse in a century is about to happen — here’s how Earth will color the moon blood-red

A total lunar eclipse or blood moon will happen overnight on July 27. The eclipse will be colored orange-red due to sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere and bouncing off the moon. The event is slated to last nearly 1 hour 43 minutes — the longest in about a century.

A glowing red ‘blood moon’ this week will be the longest lunar eclipse in a century — here’s how to see it

On the night of July 27 and the early morning hours of July 28, skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to the longest lunar eclipse set to occur in the 21st century.
The moon could have had conditions that supported life not once, but twice.

The moon may have once been able to support life — but learning more will require ‘an aggressive future program of lunar exploration’...

Long ago, Earth's moon could have had conditions that supported life. Such conditions arose not just once but twice, for tens of millions of years each time, according to a new study. The study's authors are not saying life ever existed on the moon, though.