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New findings show constantly collapsing atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

New findings show constantly collapsing atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

We'd expect most new discoveries about Jupiter to be coming from the Juno spacecraft, which entered orbit around the planet early last month, but today we're hearing about a fascinating new find that Juno had nothing to do with. Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute have discovered that the atmosphere around Jupiter's moon Io is in a constant state of flux, collapsing and rebuilding once every day.

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China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

China shows off pictures of the moon in full color

The space fever has reached the Far East. Or rather, the increased interest in space exploration and science may have helped push China to finally share to the rest of the world one of its biggest, though perhaps lesser known, achievements in this field of science. In 2013, it launched the Chang'e 3 lander and become the third country to ever make a soft-landing on the Moon. And although its accompanying Yutu rover is no longer functional, it was able to snap these clear, hi-res, true color photos of the moon.

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Chinese lunar rover discovers new type of moon rock

Chinese lunar rover discovers new type of moon rock

China put its first rover on the surface of the Moon back in 2013 and the has been investigating the lunar surface the last few years since it landed. The Chinese rover was the first new rover to land on the moon in 40 years and the trip has paid off for scientists.

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US Congress Moon Mining Act will bypass international treaty

US Congress Moon Mining Act will bypass international treaty

A new piece of legislation by the name of The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act has just passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This legal document would "facilitate commercial exploration for and commercial recovery of space resources by United States citizens" - this means we could fly to our Moon, for example, and take home a bunch of space rocks for our very own. Believe it or not, this appears to fly well with previous laws which include the international Outer Space Treaty of 1967.

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Private Mission to Moon a go in 2017

Private Mission to Moon a go in 2017

SpaceIL will be the first team of private citizens to have a lander reach our Earth's Moon if all goes according to plan - inside the year 2017. The team at SpaceIL have signed up with California's Spaceflight Industries to bring their craft to space in a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher in the second half of the year 2017. If the SpaceIL team reach the moon first, they'll be the winners of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition - which will give them $30 million dollars for the accomplishment. They'll also be just the fourth country to land a rover on our Moon.

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Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE team scores first private Moon mission

Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE team scores first private Moon mission

SpaceIL, a private space exploration company from Israel competing in Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, has announced it's the first team to get a launch contract to send their private rover into space and hopefully land it on the Moon. The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition is awarding $20 million to the first privately-funded moon landing. SpaceIL's contract with California's Spaceflight Industries means the team has a "ticket to the moon" that will see their aircraft launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled for the second half of 2017.

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Pluto’s biggest moon is a beautiful, scarred wonder

Pluto’s biggest moon is a beautiful, scarred wonder

NASA has published a new photo giving us a startlingly clear look at Pluto’s biggest moon, Charon. It shows many battle wounds, pocked with impact craters and traced over with deep grooves. Those scars show a history, says NASA, one that is “surprisingly complex and violent.” Images were taken by the space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft, and they were then combined together and the color was enhanced. The final result is a high resolution photo full of distinct features.

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Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

Moonspike turns to Kickstarter for first crowdfunded Moon rocket

A new Kickstarter campaign has just launched, called Project Moonspike, that is looking to raise funds to build the first crowdfunded rocket to be sent to the moon. Moonspike, a group of independent rocket engineers, are hoping to raise £600,000 (about $1 million) over the next 30 days, which will help fund their rocket with a goal of sending a 1-gram payload to the surface of the Moon. While previous Kickstarters, such as Lunar Mission One, have raised funds for their own Moon missions, Moonspike will be the first to build their own rocket, instead of relying on something pre-made.

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After 33 years a supermoon eclipse is coming, and NASA is giddy

After 33 years a supermoon eclipse is coming, and NASA is giddy

A supermoon will be taking place on September 27th, which means a full moon will be visible when it is at the point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. However, as NASA explains, this is the first time in over 30 years that a lunar eclipse will be taking place at the exact same time. So in the evening on September 27th in the US, people will be able to view a total lunar eclipse of the largest moon we can see for over an hour.

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NASA talks cause of geysers of lava on ancient moon’s surface

NASA talks cause of geysers of lava on ancient moon’s surface

The image you see here is an eruption of a fire fountain in Iceland and NASA says that this phenomenon is similar to what would have been happening in multiple locations on the surface of the ancient moon. The eruption in Iceland was caused by water and carbon dioxide gas, but those two things weren't what caused similar eruptions on the surface of the early moon.

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NASA’s EPIC new photos show our moon’s brilliance

NASA’s EPIC new photos show our moon’s brilliance

NASA has released a new sequence of images offering a rare, and incredible, look at the moon passing in front of the sunlit side of Earth. The images, which NASA ever so kindly shared as a GIF, the internet's favorite format, are impressive in that they clearly depict the relationship between our planet and the lunar surface, with the comparison revealing just how bring Earth really is. Also impressive is the fact that the photos were captured from about 1 millions miles away.

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Audi’s moonshot: a Quattro-powered rover on the moon

Audi’s moonshot: a Quattro-powered rover on the moon

These days, an Audi is present anywhere cars are, from public roads to race tracks. As those areas become congested by rivals, the time is nigh to break out into new territory, like the vast, unclaimed terrain of the moon. No, Audi won't exactly be trying to bring one of its cars to the moon, but it's doing the next best thing. It has partnered with German engineers in the Part-Time Scientists Google Lunar XPRIZE team to developed an unmanned moon rover powered by its Quattro all-wheel drive system.

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