More than 50 years after the Apollo era, major governments and well-funded private companies still struggle with lunar landing missions. Why is landing on the moon so hard in 2024?
After enduring two weeks in the freezing lunar night, Japan's SLIM moon lander awoke long enough to snap some new pictures and communicate with researchers on Earth.
February's 'Snow Moon', the second full moon of 2024, will be the farthest from Earth this year and will appear the smallest in the sky when it rises on Saturday (Feb. 24).
Intuitive Machines' robotic Odysseus spacecraft snapped a few selfies with Earth in the background shortly after its Feb. 15 launch.
China's Chang'e-6 mission is expected to launch in May 2024 and touch down on the moon's far side to collect samples of lunar material to be returned to Earth for study.
Days after being revived from its initial power loss on the moon, Japan's SLIM lander will now sleep through the deep cold of lunar night — and may or may not wake up afterward.
Riding aboard a SpaceX rocket, Intuitive Machines' Nova-C lander is expected to lift off in mid-February, though the target window has not yet been announced.
The moon has been slowly shrinking for millions of years. Now, as Artemis 3 nears its 2026 launch date, geologists worry about whether moonquakes and lunar landslides will impact landing.
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