5:44 am, Sat 07 Sep 2013
Nasa has launched its latest mission to the moon, the unmanned LADEE probe, to investigate the lunar body's tenuous atmosphere and moondust.
The spacecraft, which is housed on a Minotaur rocket, lifted off just before 11:30pm local time in Virginia (around 4:30am BST).
Watch the countdown:
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7:22 pm, Thu 25 Jul 2013
Could the moon be influencing our sleep patterns?
Researchers in Switzerland say they have found scientific evidence that the moon's lunar cycle can influence sleep.
A study of 33 volunteers found that just as some myths say, when the full moon is high it is harder to slumber and brain activity related to deep sleep dropped by 30%.
Scientists believe an internal clock that follows the cycles of the moon may be hardwired into our genes and it ticks away even on nights when the moon cannot be seen.
Dr Christian Cajochen, from the University of Basel, said: "The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not 'see' the moon and is not aware of the actual moon phase."
The findings are
published in the Current Biology journal.
5:52 pm, Sat 05 May 2012
'Supermoon' lights up sky
'Supermoon' to grace the skies tonight
Credit: ITV News
A "supermoon" is expected to hail the skies tonight, with the satellite expected to appear in its biggest and brightest form this year.
At this time it could appear up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is farthest from the planet, experts said. But skywatchers will need a keen eye and clear weather to notice a significant difference - and they may have to stay up late.