Moon NASA Videos

A Narrated Tour of the Moon
Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it and other rocky planets in our solar system came to look the way they do. See some of the sights and learn more here!

Electrified Lunar Polar Craters?
New research from NASA's Lunar Science Institute indicates that the solar wind may be charging certain regions at the lunar poles to hundreds of volts. In this short video Dr. Bill Farrell discusses this research and what it means for future exploration of the moon's poles.

Evolution of the Moon
From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Learn about how the moon evolved from its early state to how it looks today in this animation.

GRAIL Mission Returns First Video of Moon's Far Side
NASA's GRAIL mission has beamed back its first video of the far side of the moon. The imagery was taken on Jan. 19 by the MoonKAM aboard the mission's 'Ebb' spacecraft.

GRAIL Webcast- Twin Spacecraft Bound for the Moon
The moon has captivated humanity's collective imagination for hundreds of years, but despite study with telescopes, astronauts and robotic probes, our nearest neighbor remains a mystery. NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission (GRAIL) features twin spacecraft setting off on a challenging mission to map the moon's gravity. What they learn could teach us more about the moon's past -- and how the inner solar system's rocky planets developed.

How Does a Lunar Eclipse Work
When the moon passes through the Earth's shadow, it causes the moon to look very unusual for a short period of time. This event is called a lunar eclipse, and it occurs roughly twice a year. Learn more about how lunar eclipses work in this video! Credit goes to TheWusa from for the illustrations that this video’s light scattering animations are based on. (Dec. 10, 2011, eclipse)

LEND- The Lunar Neutron Counter
How would you find water on the Moon? NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has a unique idea: Count the neutrons coming from the moon! Find out more in this video

LRO Reveals 'Recent' Lunar Activity
New images acquired by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that the moon's crust is being slightly stretched, forming small valleys - at least in some small areas. High-resolution images obtained by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) provide evidence that these valleys are very young, suggesting the moon has experienced relatively recent geologic activity.

Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
The lunar lander, called a Lunar Excursion Module, or Lunar Module (LM), was designed for vertical landing and takeoff, and was able to briefly hover and fly horizontally before landing. At first glance it seemed that a helicopter could be used to simulate flying the LM, but early test flights proved that it was not even close. Helicopters, or any vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, are

Moon Phase and Libration 2013- Additional Graphics
This visualization shows the phase and libration of the Moon throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this version of the visualization shows additional relevant information, including the Moon's orbit position, subsolar and subearth points, distance from the Earth, and more. To learn more about this, visit!

NASA Developing Mining Robot for Moon, Mars
NASA is developing the RASSOR mining robot to collect soil, or regolith, on the moon or Mars so it can be processed into rocket fuel, breathable air and other commodities. By using materials available at other locations in the solar system, astronauts don't have to carry it all from Earth.

New LRO Images Offer Sharper Views of Apollo Sites
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 sites, revealing the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored these areas.

ScienceCasts- Total Eclipse of the Sun
Visit for more. Scientists and sky watchers are converging on the northeast coast of Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef, for a total eclipse of the sun.

Ten Cool Things from the First Year of LRO
To celebrate one year in orbit, here are ten cool things already observed by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Note that the stories here are just a small sample of what the LRO team has released and barely touch on the major scientific accomplishments of the mission. Visit to read about these images and many more!

The Moon's Permanent Shadows
Deep in the craters of the moon's south pole lurk permanently shadowed regions: areas that have not seen sunlight in more than two billion years. Now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shedding a new light on some of our satellite's darkest mysteries.