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Taken #otd  in 1972, astronaut John Young searches for the perfect parking spot. The final resting spot of the "rover", is near the Descartes landing site. Stone Mountain can be seen on the left. The shadow of the Lunar Module "Orion" is visible in the foreground. #Apollo16 

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What's another name for Tardigrades - the tiny creatures left on the Moon when Israel’s Beresheet craft crashed into the lunar surface in 2019? For more astronomy & space quiz questions go to

With only three weeks left until launch day – the Apollo 13 prime crew – Jim Lovell, TK (Ken) Mattingly, Fred Haise – and their backups continued training for their 10-day lunar mission. The astronauts conducted their last geology field trip and continued spacecraft simulations!

One hallmark of the new coronavirus is the way it has infected and spread within families. For one family in Wuhan, a Lunar New Year dinner in late January left six of them infected, with deadly consequences.

See those dark splotches on the left? They are the lunar "maria. " Latin for "seas. " They are actually vast plains of dark basaltic lava rock, filling ancient impact basins. The nearside of the Moon is covered with them. But in the #DoctorWho  view, barely half the face is covered.

Did you know? When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Lunar Module on the moon, it only had 30 Seconds of fuel left! Nearly running on empty #BSW20  #BritishScienceWeek2020  #DidYouKnow  #MoonLanding 

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Many Chinese workers who left for the Lunar New Year holidays have not returned. Deliveries of supplies and equipment are also disrupted. #nCoV  #coronavirus 

"Aurora on Ice" by Stephane Vetter ( @twanight  ) - As seen on @apod , the fish-eye (fulldome) picture made on Jokulsarlon Beach (a glacier lagoon) in #Iceland , shows a lunar halo and a strong aurora. Note Jupiter in the left of the moon halo.

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When Megan Millward and her husband Lie Zhang left their home in Montreal to visit family near Wuhan for Lunar New Year, they had no idea they would be putting their small family, and two young children, at risk.

Happy Lunar New Year, Although New NASA Models Suggest We Might Have Fewer Left

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#NASARemembers : A Memorial on the Moon 48 years ago, a commemorative plaque in remembrance of 14 falle @NASA_Astronauts  and USSR cosmonauts was left on the lunar surface by David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander, and James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot:

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My Mother’s maiden name was Marion MOON! – I guess serving on Apollo 11 was always my destiny! I know she would be so proud that I left a bootprint on the lunar surface! #ThrowbackThursday 

One of the most breathtaking images taken during #Apollo11  was this one of Earth from lunar orbit. Australia is visible on the left. #Apollo50th 

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The Griffith Observatory caught the lunar impact. It’s at 3h43m11s at the Moon’s lower left, and it’s just a very brief flash.

It’s #NationalTwinDay  & our #TwinGoals  launch in this new era of lunar exploration. #Artemis , Apollo's twin sister in Greek mythology, is picking up where Apollo left off, returning humans to deep space in prep for Mars:

3, 2, 1 – Blast off!?‍??? #OTD  50 years ago, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin left the planet to serve as the prime crew of the historic #Apollo11  lunar landing mission. #Apollo50th 

When Apollo 8 left lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968, the astronauts radioed Houston "Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus".

There's a 1st time for everything! #Today  the 1st Apollo mission slated to touch the Moon left Earth. Apollo 11 launched from (9:32am ET #NOW  in 1969 carrying Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin; the next ground any of them touched was the lunar surface 4 days later.

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Whoa: a lunar eclipse as seen from a spacecraft orbiting Mercury! Earth is on the left. On the right is the Moon...going, going, gone. #LunarEclipse 

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