Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon on Monday night

Going out with a bang: Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon in dramatic finale to year-long lunar mission The twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft will crash on Monday nightMarks end of a year-long mission to the moon | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 14 December 2012 A year-long mission to learn what lies beneath the lunar surface will culminate next week with Nasa crashing a pair of small robotic science probes into the moon.

A holiday that really is out of this world: Private firm to offer 950m trips to the MOON

A holiday that really is out of this world: Private firm to offer 950m trips to the MOON First lunar tourists could take off within a decadeCompany will buy existing rockets and capsules, and develop new spacesuits and a lunar lander Plans unveiled by team of former Nasa executives | UPDATED: 13:52 GMT, 7 December 2012 A team of former Nasa executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon for a price that is definitely out of this world. For 950m, ($1.5 billion), the newly formed business is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige. Nasa's last trip to the moon was 40 years ago.