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China is going to beat the United States back to the Moon

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When China's Chang'e 3 mission successfully landed a rover on the Moon in 2013 it was the first time a spacecraft had achieved a soft landing on the rock in nearly four decades. The last time NASA performed a Moon landing was the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, and while the United States does have plans to return, it looks like China is going to double up — and potentially triple up — on its lunar excursions before the U.S. can make its return.

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Mike Wehner

December 28th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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Keep Track of Every Mission Throughout The Solar System With This Handy Map

There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959's Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.

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Andrew Liptak

March 13th

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This week’s total solar eclipse starts on Wednesday, ends on… Tuesday?

Total Solar Eclipse March 9

How can something start in the future and end in the past? It usually doesn’t. But then, there are some weird exceptions, and we’ll get to witness one later this week. A total solar eclipse is due to start on Wednesday, and it’ll be visible until Tuesday. How is this possible? We're about to explain.

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Chris Smith

March 7th

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This ‘Classified Alien Music’ the Internet Is Freaking Out Over Is Not Classified, Alien, or Music

The internet was all abuzz today over newly-declassified tape of Apollo 10 astronauts catching a broadcast of alien music on the Moon. Except the tape was not classified, not alien, and not music. Settle in and take a listen for yourself.

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Ria Misra

February 22nd

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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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