Last December, a company by the name of Golden Spike announced it would launch commercial exploration missions to the Moon beginning in 2020. Today, they're having trouble drumming up public support in the form of a crowdsourced ad campaign.
Back in January 2012, Newt Gingrich promised the American people that, if elected, we would have a permanent moon base "by the end of his second term."
It may not be a planet, but Pluto's got moons to burn. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have spied the icy orb's fifth satellite. Everybody, say hello to S/2012 (134340), or "P5" for short.
One lure of space travel is the possibility that we might find a source of energy on another world. Now, a study published this month in The Astronomical Journal suggests that remote, frozen planetoid Pluto may harbor complex hydrocarbons like ethane and butane that are used as fuel here on Earth. These hydrocarbons,…