Though most of the attention is on Mars, there are some folks advocating for humanity to make a run at colonizing the moon before we expand to the Red Planet. But it turns out that might not be quite as easy as we’d thought.
For decades, the far side of our nearest cosmic neighbor has been a mystery, shrouded in darkness and always hidden from view. Until now, thanks to NASA's twin GRAIL satellites, which have delivered the first footage from the dark side of the Moon.
Think back to your last Earth Science course and you'll probably remember a little tale about how the Moon came to be. Something about a big collision and a new planetary body emerging from the debris, right? Well, new research into minerals found in moon rocks suggests that could be all wrong, and raises a whole new set of questions.
When sci-fi conjures up images of a lunar base, it's usually a metal structure on the surface with some kind of dome or shield protecting it. Science fact is sometimes stranger than its fiction, though, and our old friends the Russians have a whole new spin on the old "colonize the Moon" plan.