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RIP Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, The Sixth Man To Walk On The Moon

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, has passed away on February 4th, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his mission to the moon. The Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14, he was the 6th astronaut to step foot on the moon. He was 85.

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Andrew Liptak

February 6th

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These Are the First Photos Taken From the Surface of the Moon in 37 Years

In 2013, China became the third country to land a vehicle on the moon. Now, a trove of photos from Chang’e-3's historic expedition—35 Gigabytes in all—are easily searchable on the web. These are our first fresh images taken from the surface of Earth’s nearest neighbor in forty years.

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Maddie Stone

February 4th

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China Announces Plan to Make First Landing on Dark Side of Moon in 2018

The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has announced that the country’s space agency plans to land a probe on the dark side of the Moon in two years’ time—a feat that would mark a first for mankind.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 15th

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What an Earthrise Looks Like from the Surface of the Moon

Wow. A million wows, really. Here’s a truly spectacular image from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that shows Earth in all its glory from the perspective of being on the surface of the Moon. It’s an Earthrise and it’s just gorgeous and amazing to be able to “see” it. The image was “composed from a series of images taken Oct. 12, when LRO was about 83 miles above the moon’s farside crater Compton.”

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December 23rd

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What China’s Yutu Rover Learned On the Moon

A team of scientists has finished analyzing rocks collected by the Chinese lunar rover Yutu in 2013 — the first geologic sampling effort to hit the Moon in forty years. The regolith is unlike any we’ve seen before, and it suggests that the Moon’s history is far more complex than we realized.

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Maddie Stone

December 22nd

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The Earth Looks Beautiful from the Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter really outdid itself with this amazing shot of the Earth over the rocky limb of the Moon. While complicated to capture, we think it was worth every moment.

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Mika McKinnon

December 22nd

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The Real Story Of Apollo 17… And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left low Earth orbit. With the successful launch of the Orion capsule, NASA is finally poised to go further again. So it’s important to remember how we got to the Moon — and why we stopped going.

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December 12th

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The Real Story Of Apollo 17… And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left low Earth orbit. With the successful launch of the Orion capsule, NASA is finally poised to go further again. So it’s important to remember how we got to the Moon — and why we stopped going.

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December 12th

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What the moon will look like for each day in 2016

What the moon will look like for each day in 2016

If you want to know exactly what the moon will look like (to those in the northern hemisphere, at least), this video by NASA has got you covered. It tracks all the phases of the moon for 2016, that is you’ll see the moon wax and wane as it corresponds to each day of the year. It’s a really cool look at the movements of the space rock.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Maddie Stone to Gizmodo

December 11th

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China Put a Robotic Telescope on the Moon 2 Years Ago—and It’s Working Great

You may remember that it’s two years since China put its first lunar rover onto the moon . What you might not know, though, is that the lander that took it there also carried a robotic telescope — and now Chinese researchers have described how well it’s been working.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 13th

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