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Andy Weir Spent a Year Creating a City on the Moon Before Even He Even Started Writing Artemis Andy Weir Spent a Year Creating a City on the Moon Before Even He Even Started Writing Artemis

Humans do not yet live on the moon, but author Andy Weir has a pretty good idea of how people could—and would—make their homes and live their lives there. He also has a pretty good grasp of how people could pull off a heist there, too.

Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing lava. Researchers from Japan and the United States have uncovered new evidence to prove that these features actually exist—which is good news for future lunar colonists…

That Time When Volcanic Eruptions Created a Temporary Atmosphere on the Moon That Time When Volcanic Eruptions Created a Temporary Atmosphere on the Moon

Aside from some floating dust, our Moon has absolutely no atmosphere to speak of. New research suggests this wasn’t always the case, and that long ago, an atmosphere briefly popped into existence as a result of intense volcanic activity.

Zodiac Starforce's New Villain is a Tribute to All the Evil Pretty Boys Sailor Moon Ever Fought Zodiac Starforce's New Villain is a Tribute to All the Evil Pretty Boys Sailor Moon Ever Fought

Dark Horse Comics’ Zodiac Starforce, a series about a group of girls blessed with superpowers by a cosmic goddess, has always been an unabashed tribute to magical girl manga and anime. Everything about the girls’ double lives, their relationship woes, and their kickass transformation sequences is covered in the…

Earth's Explosive History Explains Its Strange Chemical Make-Up Earth's Explosive History Explains Its Strange Chemical Make-Up

If you made a building out of bricks and cinderblocks, then hundreds of years later you’d expect it to still be, well, a building made of bricks and cinderblocks. But planets are not buildings if you haven’t noticed. Earth, for instance, just doesn’t seem to have the same composition as the meteors thought to have…

Geologists Have Encouraging News For Folks Hoping to Mine the Moon Geologists Have Encouraging News For Folks Hoping to Mine the Moon

Most people (wrongly) assume the moon is barren and boring. Sure, our satellite might be a little clingy, but it also has moonquakes, orange soil, and could be hiding abundant water resources. New research from satellite data offers more evidence that the Moon does indeed have water trapped in its mantle, which could…

Elon Musk Would Like People to Hurry Up and Start Dying on the Moon Also Elon Musk Would Like People to Hurry Up and Start Dying on the Moon Also

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose prior plan for stellar colonization involved sending people who are not Elon Musk to go die on Mars, thinks this noble endeavor will require a practice round of sending people to die on the Moon first.

14 Recent Scifi Films That Didn't Need Big Budgets To Be Amazing 14 Recent Scifi Films That Didn't Need Big Budgets To Be Amazing

Low-budget scifi movies may have had their heyday during Roger Corman’s rise to B-movie greatness in the 1950s, but they’re still going strong today—proving that you don’t necessarily need lavish special effects to tell a really great story. Here are our favorites from the past few decades.

China Sealed Four Students in a Moon Lab to See If We'll Lose Our Shit in Space China Sealed Four Students in a Moon Lab to See If We'll Lose Our Shit in Space

On Sunday, four Chinese volunteers were sealed into a 1,720-square-foot lab where they are supposed to remain for the next six and a half months. The experiment is one of the latest steps in China’s plan to put astronauts on the moon by 2036.

The Moon's South Pole May Be Icier Than We Realized The Moon's South Pole May Be Icier Than We Realized

For decades, scientists have wondered if frost persists inside the dark and cold craters of the Moon’s poles. The recent discovery of unusually bright areas near the Moon’s south pole suggests this very well may be the case. But as a potential source of water for aspiring lunar colonists, the quantity of this surface…

I'm Afraid to Ask The Internet to Name This New Moon I'm Afraid to Ask The Internet to Name This New Moon

Good news! Three space telescopes, including Hubble, have combined their celestial powers to spot a moon orbiting a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt —the region beyond Neptune where Pluto and countless other icy bodies live. According to NASA, the dwarf planet’s moon has lots to teach scientists about how moons formed…

Why Is Saturn Making So Much Pasta? Why Is Saturn Making So Much Pasta?

Saturn is having a moment. Today, NASA announced that one of its moons, Enceladus, has the key ingredients to support microbial life. Around the same time, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dropped some jaw-dropping images of another one of Saturn’s quirky moons, and while this one may not have a subterranean ocean, it sure…

Saturn's Weirdest Moon Is Full of Electric Sand Saturn's Weirdest Moon Is Full of Electric Sand

Saturn is the golden retriever of the solar system: It’s nice to look at and generally everyone’s favorite, including mine. While liking Saturn is admittedly a little basic, its 62 moons are anything but—it has a Death Star moon, a dumpling moon, and many other misfits. But its largest moon, Titan, might actually be…

Trust Me, Living on the Moon Will Be Hell Trust Me, Living on the Moon Will Be Hell

Humans (not you, you’ll be dead) are going to have to live somewhere other than Earth eventually. There might be some options for new homes on Mars, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, or even one of the planets in the Trappist-1 system. But what about the Moon for starters? It’s round like our Earth, it’s close,…

NASA Spacecraft Avoids Very Embarrassing Collision With Mars' Moon NASA Spacecraft Avoids Very Embarrassing Collision With Mars' Moon

We’re all a little uncoordinated at times, but when you’re a hunk of metal hurling through space, the consequences are a bit more severe. This week, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which has been orbiting the Red Planet for two years, had to perform a last-minute maneuver to avoid a disastrous…

Money Won't Save SpaceX's Moon Tourists If Something Goes Wrong Money Won't Save SpaceX's Moon Tourists If Something Goes Wrong

On Monday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that for the first time in history, it will be sending two private citizens on a trip around the Moon, in a Dragon 2 spacecraft. Because sending untrained civilians into space apparently isn’t enough of a gamble, Musk added that this mission would be taking place in Q4 of…

These Five Teams Will Duke It Out for $20 Million in a Race to the Moon These Five Teams Will Duke It Out for $20 Million in a Race to the Moon

Getting to the Moon is hard, but it’s considerably easier when you have a $20 million prize to motivate you. That’s why teams from all over the world are battling it out to win that nice chunk of change in the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. If all goes according to plan, the winning private company will send a rover…

How Failed Planets May Have Shaped the Earth How Failed Planets May Have Shaped the Earth

Earth has some battle scars from back in the day. When the solar system was still young and wild, roughly 4 billion years ago, Earth, its Moon, and Mars were attacked by a series of asteroid assailants. It’s long been assumed that the space rocks involved in the assault—called the Late Heavy Bombardment—are now…

Incredible New Image Shows the Earth and Moon From Mars Incredible New Image Shows the Earth and Moon From Mars

During a recent calibration exercise, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a remarkable view of Earth and its moon from a distance of 127 million miles (205 million kilometers). It’s so clear, you can even make out our planet’s continents.

Does Donald Trump Know That We've Already Landed on the Moon? Does Donald Trump Know That We've Already Landed on the Moon?

This afternoon, Donald Trump wrapped up a meeting with Rice University professor and historian Douglas Brinkley. According to members of the press pool following the president elect, the crux of their conversation revolved around “a man going to the moon.” Naturally we must ask ourselves: does Trump know we’ve done…

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