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India’s and Israel’s moon-landing attempts both failed during descent — here’s why the ’15 minutes of terror’ are ...

Lunar landers must choreograph complex commands with little room for failure, while dealing with the moon's wonky gravity, uneven terrain, and dust.
A full moon, also a harvest moon, rises past thunder clouds near Encinitas, California September 8, 2014.

A rare harvest micromoon will rise on Friday the 13th. Here’s what that means and why each full moon has its own name.

You've probably heard of Harvest Moons and Buck Moons, but what about Wolf Moons and Worm Moons and Fish Moons?

A Las Vegas hotel billionaire unveiled an inflatable space pod designed to ferry NASA astronauts to the moon and Mars — take a look inside

NASA is seeking private-industry spacecraft to ferry the first humans to Mars. Bigelow Aerospace is testing an inflatable room that could house five.
A prototype of NASA's xEMU spacesuit program called the Z-2. The agency is designing new suits for astronauts to explore planetary surfaces.

An astronaut is urging NASA to form a new spacesuit program now if it hopes to get back to the moon in 2024

NASA's only operational spacesuits are aboard the International Space Station. And at 40 years-old each, they're not getting any younger — or safer.

India lost contact with its moon lander, and an astronomer thinks the spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface

The Vikram moon lander disappeared from communications just 1.3 miles above the lunar surface. An astronomer thinks the data indicates a crash.
NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps in a spacesuit in 2017.

NASA wants the first woman to walk on the moon in 2024. This female astronaut is one of 13 candidates.

NASA bumped astronaut Jeanette Epps off a mission to the space station in 2018, but she still has a shot at being the first woman to walk on the moon.
Photo provided by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Jan. 4, 2019 shows image of Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, at preset location A on the surface of the far side of the moon.

China found a mysterious ‘gel-like’ substance on the moon’s uncharted far side

Researchers have suggested that the strange substance could be "melt glass," formed from meteorites crashing into the lunar surface.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Elon Musk hails Newt Gingrich’s plan to award a $2 billion prize to the first company that lands humans on the moon

Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, has a plan to offer a $2 billion prize to companies that are first to establish and run a lunar base.
Tardigrades are just 0.05 inches in length.

A group of tardigrades crashed into the moon in April. The indestructible critters could still be alive.

In April, Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the moon. It was carrying microscopic creatures that scientists think may still be alive.
Items owned by astronaut Neil Armstrong have been drawing high prices in a recent series of auctions.

Items that once belonged to Neil Armstrong have drawn more than $12 million in bids, but are sparking controversy among people who knew him

A gold coin that Armstrong took with him to the moon sold for $2 million. But former friends of the astronaut think the sales are unseemly.