Latest Moon News

Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon

Aug. 20, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the lunar south pole to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft,"...

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket

Aug. 15, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke during a visit Thursday to a facility in New Orleans where the core stage is being built. The 212-foot-tall (65-meter-tall) core stage...

After first steps on moon, crew welcomed home with aloha

Jul. 28, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins' trip to the moon concluded with a stay in Hawaii. This week marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but after those historic first steps NASA still had to get the three astronauts safely back to Earth — and the waters...

State fair remembers moon landing with butter astronauts

Jul. 24, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The moon may be made of cheese, but these astronauts are made of butter. The Ohio State Fair is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with life-size butter sculptures of Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts. Gov. Mike DeWine opened the 166th edition of the fair...

Las Vegas man's Apollo 11 film reels auctioned for $1.8M

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Film footage of the original mission to the moon has been auctioned for over $1.8 million, a report said. Gary George earned 8,000 times the price he paid for the three film reels of the Apollo 11 mission, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday. Auction house Sotheby's handled the...

India launches spacecraft to explore water deposits on moon

Jul. 22, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India sent a spacecraft to explore water deposits on the far side of the moon in a successful launch Monday after a technical problem caused a week's delay. Scientists at the mission control center burst into applause as the rocket lifted off in clear weather as scheduled at 2:43 p.m. from...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind America's late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights. Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died...

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Jul. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Kraft, the founder of NASA's mission control, died Monday, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He was 95. Kraft made key decisions on launches as the U.S. was learning how to put a man into space. Astronaut Neil Armstrong once called him "the man...

The Latest: India sends unmanned mission to moon's far side

Jul. 22, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — The Latest on India's launch of an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon (all times local): 2:55 p.m. India's space agency says it has launched an unmanned spacecraft to the far side of the moon a week after aborting the mission due to a technical problem. Scientists at...