How a huge impact may have given the Moon two faces

An illustration of a collision between two huge celestial bodies, similar to that now theorized to ...

While we can only see one "face" on the Moon from our vantage point here on Earth, the far side is actually quite different. Observations have shown that the "back" of the Moon has a thicker crust and an extra layer of material compared to the side that faces Earth. Now, simulations have revealed one possible, explosive explanation – an impact with a huge object early on in the Moon's life.

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Apollo 10: The mission that paved the way for the Moon landing

Apollo 10 was the final rehearsal for the Apollo 11 landing in 1969

Fifty years ago and a quarter of a million miles away, three astronauts carried out the dress rehearsal for one of the greatest events in human history. On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 lifted off from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Its mission: to return to the Moon and make the final flight tests that would pave the way for the Apollo 11 lunar landing two months later.

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China’s rover finds mysterious minerals on the far side of the moon

Early this year, China's Chang'e-4 lunar lander made history when it became the first spacecraft to touch down on the far side of the moon. Now, according to a study published in Nature, the lander's rover, Yutu-2, may have detected the first signs o...

NASA's Lunar orbiter finds crash site of Beersheet lander

SpaceIL Beresheet crash site as seen by LROC eleven days after the attempted landing. Date in ...

A photographic search by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has discovered the crash site of the Israeli Beresheet moon lander. By making a series of comparison images, the hunt by the space agency and Arizona State University has confirmed the area where the privately operated unmanned spacecraft impacted the lunar surface on April 11, 2019, leaving behind a dark smudge.

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NASA's Artemis mission plans to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024

The Moon as seen by the Galileo deep-space probe in 1992

NASA has filled in some of the blanks concerning its return to the Moon, today giving the mission a name and declaring plans to put the first woman on the lunar surface. Now known as Artemis, the mission centers on the ambition to not only land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, but use it as a springboard for missions far beyond.

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The Moon is shrinking: Five decades on, Apollo mission data still surprising

The Moon is not only still active tectonically, but shrinking, NASA says, generating “moonquakes” as it slowly contracts. The new findings combined data from multiple Moon missions that took place nearly five decades ago with the LRO Mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which is currently mapping out the surface of Earth’s satellite. Four seismometers had been placed on the Moon … Continue reading