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How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

Phil Stooke • September 20, 2017 • 2

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

Chasing the total solar eclipse at 38,000 feet

Tanya Harrison • August 24, 2017 • 1

Where did you venture to view the Great American Eclipse? About 100 people were lucky enough to make the trip of a lifetime for it: 38,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Book Review: Sun Moon Earth

Merc Boyan • August 14, 2017 • 2

With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event.

Sharing an eclipse with kids

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2017 • 1

Here's a simple and safe way to observe a partial eclipse that's appropriate for young children, with no eclipse glasses or other special equipment needed.

Your Guide to the Great American Eclipse of 2017

Bruce Betts • July 17, 2017 • 4

The Moon will totally eclipse the Sun for the first time as seen from the continental United States in more than 40 years on August 21, 2017. What are eclipses, and what's special about this one?

China's lunar sample return mission will pave way for future ambitions

Andrew Jones • April 06, 2017

Later this year, China is launching the Change'5 spacecraft to return a sample from the Moon. The mission will pave the way for future ambitions, including crewed trips to the lunar surface.

Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 20, 2017 • 2

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

China outlines its space exploration ambitions

Andrew Jones • December 27, 2016 • 1

China released a new white paper on its policy and activities in space, outlining ambitious deep space exploration, human spaceflight and space science projects as major priorities for the years up to 2020 and beyond.

Planetary discovery over the past quarter century

Steven Hauck • December 20, 2016 • 1

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of what has become one of the primary venues for the publication of research in planetary science: the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This occasion is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned in this era of expanded exploration and to try to take a peek at the future.

TeamIndus Announces Launch Contract with ISRO

Sandhya Ramesh • December 01, 2016 • 3

TeamIndus, India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, just announced their launch contract with ISRO. If successful, TeamIndus would be the first private company from India to land a craft on an extraterrestrial body.

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