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A Clementine image of the Moon, centered at 90°W. shows the newly named Pierazzo Crater outlined in black. Above middle, a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Wide Angle Camera mosaic of the crater. Above right, a close-up of an impact melt flow observed in the discontinuous ejecta blanket.

Elisabetta "Betty" Pierazzo, a leading expert in the modeling of impact crater formation who worked at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, now has one of those craters named after her. Pierazzo Crater, on the far side of the moon, is nine kilometers wide, with debris spread more than 450 kilometers from its rim. Read more»

The first lunar eclipse of 2014 — known as a "blood moon" — cast a red hue in the sky Monday night. Read more»

Take a walk in the moonlight Saturday and you'll soak up 30 percent more moonbeam than normal, according to information provided by NASA on this weekend's "supermoon" event. Read more»

Mitt Romney

The last man to walk on the moon and the first space shuttle pilot are among the eight space leaders who endorsed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday. Read more» 1

Researchers at Black Point Lava Flow two hours north of Flagstaff watch a demonstration of a chariot designed to carry a Lunar Electric Rover and cargo. Arizona’s landscapes and geology helped train astronauts for the first moon missions. With NASA eying a return to the moon, a NASA official says the state’s role as a research leader means Arizona will have an even bigger role this time around.

As NASA plans for the next U.S. footprints on the moon and eventually its first on Mars, Arizona’s evolution into a center of space research means it will have a role even bigger than just a place to study geology. Read more»