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Our moon makes Earth a more livable planet by moderating our home planet's wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate, and creating a tidal rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years. The moon was likely formed after a Mars-sized body collided with Earth and the debris formed into the most prominent feature in our night sky.

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50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paul Spudis (Lunar Geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paul Spudis (Lunar Geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Yvonne Pendleton (Director at NASA's Lunar Science Institute)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Yvonne Pendleton (Director at NASA's Lunar Science Institute)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Looking at the Man in the Moon
Looking at the Man in the Moon
Caltech researchers explain why the man in the moon faces Earth.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. You can start looking tonight.Read More...
Solar Eclipse over the USA
Solar Eclipse over the USA
Mark your calendar. On Sunday, May 20th, the sun is going to turn into a ring of fire. It's an annular solar eclipse--the first one in the USA in almost 18 years.Read More...
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
On Dec. 26th, Venus and the crescent Moon will gather together for a beautiful night-after-Christmas sky show.Read More...
Super-sized Lunar Eclipse
Super-sized Lunar Eclipse
On Saturday morning, Dec. 10th, sky watchers in the western United States and Canada will witness a total lunar eclipse swollen to super-sized proportions by the Moon illusion.Read More...
LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.Read More...
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.Read More...
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50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paul Spudis (Lunar Geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paul Spudis (Lunar Geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Yvonne Pendleton (Director at NASA's Lunar Science Institute)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Yvonne Pendleton (Director at NASA's Lunar Science Institute)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Looking at the Man in the Moon
Looking at the Man in the Moon
Caltech researchers explain why the man in the moon faces Earth.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky
The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. You can start looking tonight.Read More...
Solar Eclipse over the USA
Solar Eclipse over the USA
Mark your calendar. On Sunday, May 20th, the sun is going to turn into a ring of fire. It's an annular solar eclipse--the first one in the USA in almost 18 years.Read More...
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
The Night After Christmas Sky Show
On Dec. 26th, Venus and the crescent Moon will gather together for a beautiful night-after-Christmas sky show.Read More...
Super-sized Lunar Eclipse
Super-sized Lunar Eclipse
On Saturday morning, Dec. 10th, sky watchers in the western United States and Canada will witness a total lunar eclipse swollen to super-sized proportions by the Moon illusion.Read More...
LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
LRO Camera Team Releases High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.Read More...
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
Watch Out for the Super Harvest Moon
For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon. The coincidence sets the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.Read More...
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