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Beginning on the near side of the Moon, with the Apollo sites marked, the view quickly moves to the South Pole and zooms in to show the changing illumination conditions there for an entire year.
From Apollo Sites To The South Pole
Preparing to explore the surface of the Moon goes well beyond designing and building safe spacecraft and spacesuits. NASA also has to ensure the surface vehicles and suits have the mobility required to do science, and that astronauts have the tools they need to identify and scoop up rock and soil samples.
Spacesuits and Tools for Exploring the Moon
What started out as a hunt for ice lurking in polar lunar craters turned into an unexpected finding that could help scientists better understand the Moon’s formation.
Radar Points to Moon Being More Metallic Than Researchers Thought
Which way the wind blows in space has new importance for astronaut safety at the Moon.
NASA Spacecraft Helps Identify Solar Radiation Patterns That Expose the Moon
NASA's Lunar Flashlight aims to detect ice at the bottom of craters on the Moon that have never seen sunlight.
NASA CubeSat Will Shine a Laser Light on the Moon's Darkest Craters
NASA has awarded industry partner Astrobotic of Pittsburgh a contract to deliver NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon’s South Pole.
NASA Selects Astrobotic to Fly Water-Hunting Rover to the Moon
What is a supermoon? And other frequently asked supermoon questions.
Supermoon Frequently Asked Questions
The next full Moon will be on Tuesday night, April 7. It's also a "supermoon," the largest of the full Moons this year.
The Next Full Moon Is a "Supermoon" Pink Moon
With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon
Humanity's Return to the Moon: The How and Why of Artemis
NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17 for scientific study.
NASA Opens Previously Unopened Apollo Sample Ahead of Artemis Missions
The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface, but no one is sure exactly when or how that ice got there. A new study suggests that while a majority of those deposits are likely billions of years old, some may be more recent.
New Research Sheds Light on the Ages of Lunar Ice Deposits
50 years ago, Apollo 12 launched to the Moon!
50 Years Ago: Return to the Moon
During a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Aug. 22, astronaut Nick Hague debuted the Artemis program identity in space.
Artemis Program Identity Makes Its Debut in Space
Artemis, named after the twin sister of Apollo who is also the Goddess of the Moon and the hunt, encompasses all of our efforts to return humans to the Moon – which will prepare us and propel us on to Mars.
Earth Blue, Rocket Red and Lunar Silver: A New Identity for Artemis Program to the Moon
To safely navigate the heliosphere, NASA scientists and missions have been mapping the region for decades. Recent results are helping us engineer a safe path for future space explorers abroad.
Charting a Course for Astronaut Safety as NASA Launches to the Moon and to Mars
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NASA Helps Bring Story of Historic Moon Landing, Neil Armstrong to Younger Generations
To train future explorers to support NASA’s mission to return to the Moon’s surface, scientists use similar environments found on the Earth.
Preparing Future Explorers for a Return to the Moon
In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface.
Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles
In the fall of 2011, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission released its original Tour of the Moon, a five-minute animation that takes the viewer on a virtual tour of our nearest neighbor in space. Six years later, the tour has been recreated in eye-popping 4K resolution.
Tour of the Moon 4K