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Ask Dr. Universe: Why does the moon have phases?

When astronomers looked at the night sky long ago, they also wondered about questions just like this one. You know, I also was curious about why the moon looks so …

India space agency relocates moon lander

A day after India’s mission to land on the moon appeared to have failed, the country’s space agency announced that the missing lander had been located.

India launches moon mission a week after it was aborted

India successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon Monday, a week after aborting the mission because of a technical problem.

Lillian Cunningham: Five myths about the moon

Ever since humans have looked up at the night sky, there have been wild theories about the moon and its power over us. Here are five myths that maintain a …

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

India has aborted the launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon, citing a “technical snag”

India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race

India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world’s spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this …

UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

NASA: Budget boost ‘good start’ to put astronauts on moon

NASA’s chief says the Trump administration’s proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a “good start” for putting astronauts back on the moon.

Space rock left big crater on moon during full lunar eclipse

A space rock left a massive crater on the moon during January’s total lunar eclipse.

Israeli team: human error may have caused spacecraft crash

The Israeli start-up behind last week’s failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon.

Israeli spacecraft fails in attempt to reach moon

An Israeli spacecraft has failed in its attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission.

UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

Israeli spacecraft enters lunar orbit ahead of moon landing

The first Israeli spacecraft to journey to the moon passed its most crucial test yet on Thursday when it dropped into lunar orbit one week ahead of landing.

UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Pence calls for NASA to send humans to the moon within five years

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for American astronauts to return to the lunar surface within five years, a bold and exceedingly difficult challenge that would push NASA to …

Israeli spacecraft hits first snag on lunar voyage

An Israeli spacecraft that blasted off last week for the country’s first attempted lunar landing has encountered a technical glitch on its voyage to the moon.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Tiny nugget of a moon discovered around Neptune

A diminutive nugget of a moon has been discovered lurking in the inner orbit of Neptune.

China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain Friday in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

A new space power is born as China lands on the far side of the moon

When China announced on Thursday that it had successfully landed on the far side of the moon, it wasn’t just a scientific breakthrough. To Beijing, its expanding space mission also …

NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading …

A new era in spaceflight: Back to the moon on the way to Mars

NASA announced this summer that it plans to head back to the moon in the 2020s, about 50 years after astronauts last visited. But this time, the moon isn’t considered …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

NASA’s only moon rover just got canceled

Months after President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to return astronauts to the moon, the space agency has canceled its only lunar rover currently in development.

Rival Korean leaders to meet April 27 in historic summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, the South announced Thursday, for a rare summit that could …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Blue moon, super moon, total lunar eclipse rolled into one

The moon is providing a rare triple treat this week.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, a Seattle native who circled moon, dies

Former Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn’t land there, has died, NASA said. The Seattle native was 88.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Pence pledges U.S. will go to the moon, Mars and beyond

Trump administration officials are pledging to send Americans back to the moon – and then on to Mars.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Vendors may be selling ‘fake’ solar eclipse glasses. Here’s how to make sure yours are real.

If you’re going to watch a solar eclipse, you need to wear special glasses. There’s not anything different about the sun or its radiation during the eclipse – it’s just …

Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Cold war clash, July 27, 1959

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million

A bag containing traces of moon dust is heading to auction – surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle.

China rocket failure likely to set back next space missions

The failure of China’s Long March 5 rocket deals a rare setback to China’s highly successful space program that could delay plans to bring back moon samples and offer rival …

Astronomers plan to play hooky during August eclipse

The total solar eclipse that will pass over Central Oregon in August is a big enough deal that the staff at Pine Mountain Observatory will be playing hooky for the …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century …