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Space Missions

X-ray, Moon Missions Launch from Japan

In an ambitious mission pairing, Japan launched a next-generation X-ray observatory and an innovative lunar lander.

Hakuto-R launch

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Trio of Spacecraft Launch for the Moon

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight, iSpace’s Hakuto R from Japan, and the United Arab Emirates' Rashid rover are all headed to the Moon after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket.

Shackleton Crater

Night Sky Sights

Meet Shackleton Crater: Future Moon Landing Site

Shackleton Crater at the lunar south pole is a site of future exploration — and you can even see it through your telescope during favorable librations.

Astrobotics

Space Missions

Two Lunar Lander Missions for 2021

Two commercial landers are set to head to the Moon next year.

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Solar System

India Heads to the Moon With Chandrayaan 2

India enters the 21st-century race to the Moon with its Chandrayaan 2 mission.

Infographic: (Back) to the Moon

Space Missions

Infographic: (Back) To the Moon

Takes a look at what we can expect to see in the next five years of Moon exploration with Sky & Telescope's infographic from the July 2019 issue.

Taurus-Littrow Valley

Solar System

Apollo-era Data Reveal Moon’s Tectonic Activity

A new look at old seismic data gathered during the Apollo missions reveals young active faults as a possible origin of shallow moonquakes.