Gazing into the Eclipse

Amid the regular cycle of sun and moon stalks a darkness -- a darkness that ancient humans perceived as cosmic abandonment, portent and demonic disruption. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the celestial mechanics, mythology and terrestrial ramifications of solar and lunar eclipses.

Retrofuturist Flashback: Lunar Avalanche, 1960

Over the Moon

Over the Moon: What if we, over at the mother company Earth, Inc., looked at "assets" in our solar system like a corporation looks at its assets? What if we set our sights on that ne'er-do-well moon? Find out how we could harness the moon's resources to do more of Earth's bidding. Mahahahahawaha.

Retrofuturist Flashback: Sub-Lunar Living

Sadly, I don't have a date for this illustration, but it clearly predates our exploration of the lunar surface. It illustrates a retrofuturist dream of life on the moon -- or rather life just beneath the lunar surface.

Top 10 Moon Mysteries

How much do we really know about Earth's moon? Find out in this list of mind-bending lunar mysteries...

For your July 4: America's Lunar Glory

Say what you will about America, but we went to the moon six times.

Harvesting moon dust with nuclear weapons?

There's a lot of renewed pride and awe going around regarding the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, but what if we'd explored an alternate method of collecting lunar samples and bringing them back home? What if we'd just lobbed an atomic bomb at the old ball of cheese and simply scooped up the debris with a net?

Martian Hoax Still Spreading

I spent the July 4 weekend with family. During this time I learned that the planet Mars would shortly move closer to the Earth than it has in all of recorded history -- so close, in fact, that it would appear as large as the moon in the night sky.