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On ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 orbiter data release

The initial dataset is underwhelming and there is no sign of when ISRO will release the next set.

Chang’e 5 landing site: The volcanic complex of Rümker

China has returned Moon samples from a sweet scientific spot for their first sample return mission.

What are permanently shadowed regions on the Moon?

Why they don't get any sunlight and why explore them?

Ultimate guide to water on the Moon

Water ice on the lunar poles is central to exploration plans of space agencies worldwide.

How NASA and Chandrayaan discovered water on the Moon

And is there enough water to power space habitats? Chandrayaan 2 will find out.

What SOFIA’s discovery of water on the Moon is, and isn’t

Clearing misconceptions about the discovery and nature of water on the Moon.

Exploring the marvel that are mountains on the Moon

The near-instantaneously formed lunar mountains offer a peek into the Moon's interior and improve our understanding of the Solar System.

The Moon’s potential for radio astronomy and Chang’e 4

The lunar farside is uniquely placed for better observing the radio Universe.

Interviewing Chandrayaan 1’s Mission Director on India’s role in the new Moon race

Srinivasa Hegde talks about finding water on the Moon, forging a partnership with America, and India’s future in space.

The landing site of NASA Apollo 11

NASA chose the Apollo 11 landing site for engineering simplicity, but it had scientific benefits nevertheless.

Rocket Science 101: The Moon as a rocket platform

How Earth alone cannot power our future in space, and other realizations from the rocket equation.

How we got to know the Moon’s gravity is lumpy

Gravitational anomalies on the Moon have been crashing spacecraft since the 1960s.

Why explore the Moon

On the immense scientific and exploratory value of our celestial neighbor.

ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is creating the highest resolution map of the Moon

The spacecraft is quantifying just how much water ice exists on the Moon’s poles.

The first time NASA figured out the Moon has craters all the way down

Some Moon missions that ended up in a crash were a success!

ISRO needs night survival technologies for future Moon missions and beyond

As the lunar night casts its shadow on Vikram, it’s time for a change of gears in India’s lunar exploration strategy.

Explainer – Why did it take so long to find the Chandrayaan 2 lander?

Challenges involved in spotting a spacecraft on the Moon's surface from space.

Chandrayaan 2’s landing failure and the road ahead

What does Vikram’s failed landing mean for India's future in space?

Chandrayaan 2, India’s first mission to attempt a Moon landing

The complexity and cost of a robotic lunar landing mission is enormous; only three countries have been successful so far.

How the Apollo missions transformed our understanding of the Moon’s origin

We need to go back to the Moon to know how it was made.


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