A fire ravaging the scenic city of Valparaiso, Chile, is visible from satellite on April 13, 2014. So far, 15 people have died in the fire, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly asked his nation’s air force to hasten its integration of air and space capabilities. Some of the Chinese media framed Xi’s request as a response to actions by the United States and other world powers.
More than 900 people are working to achieve what Einstein thought impossible: Detection of gravitational waves from cataclysmic events billions of light years away. Until now, we’ve been deaf to our Universe. We’re about to turn on our ears.
Stargazers around the world were awed by last night’s total eclipse of the moon. Observers in a North America, South America, Hawaii and parts of Alaska got a spectacular show as the moon turned blood red during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014.
Objects at the Solar System’s edge could one day show scientists how life arose on Earth. That’s because many of these objects could contain organics, carbon-based material that are ingredients of life.
Many attendees of the Pluto Science Conference in July 2013 referenced it as a planet. NASA’s New Horizon mission, that will deliver the first reconnaissance of Pluto in 2015, will help resolve the long debate.
Monday features the launch of SpaceX’s third contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station, a great view of a superbright Mars and a total eclipse of the moon overnight.
When a private spaceflight company launches its mission to the International Space Station next week it will carry some strange cargo to space.
NASA on Sunday (April 13) decided to forge ahead with the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station despite a computer outage in orbit.
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A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.
On the 17th floor of a building here in the heart of midtown Manhattan, more than 100 computer programmers, software engineers and graphic designers have gathered to take part in NASA’s third annual International Space Apps Challenge.
From a stunning panorama of the Milky Way to an aurora in the monglight, don’t miss these amazing night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
A backup computer outage on the International Space Station is forcing NASA to discuss plans for a possible spacewalk repair by astronauts in orbit, a move that could delay the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX cargo ship to the orbiting lab.
Each year, we at Space.com pause to reflect on both April 12 space anniversaries, and space fans around the world do the same with Yuri’s Night, a global celebration of human spaceflight.
SpaceX’s third Dragon cargo mission is packed with 5,000 lbs. of vital supplies, including some intriguing technology and science experiments. See some of the best experiments riding the Dragon in this Space.com infographic.
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A solar flare erupted from an active region on the Sun on April 4th, 2014. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught a close-up view of the turning and shifting plasma.
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight on April 14-15, and mark the beginning of a lunar eclipse tetrad – a group of four back-to-back total lunar eclipses. Space.com is offering complete coverage of the total lunar eclipse.
A slightly dazed group of college students they stepped off a ZERO-G plane to resounding cheers Thursday (April 10), pumping their fists to celebrate a weightless voyage packed with science experiments, including one test that sparked tiny balls of fire.
United Launch Alliance launched a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on April 10th, 2014 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting data next year, scientists might be able to see evidence of those ripples from Earth for the first time.
Using laser beams, scientists could detect the physical distortions caused by passing gravitational waves. See how they’ll do it with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, in this Space.com Infographic.
A supersonic parachute was tested by NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. A rocket-fired sled and pulley system pulled a one kilometer rope with the parachute attached. – Curiosity’s 7 Minutes of Terror: http://goo.gl/BAb8qa
A new Guardians of the Galaxy clip has debuted, showing a little closer look at Star-Lord.
An astronaut in space recently made a giant leap into the social media world with the first Instagram photo ever sent from the International Space Station.
While the supernova remnant, known as DEM L241, has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region.
The ISS Progress 55 resupply craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 9th, 2014 and docked nearly 6 hours later. There are 3 tons of food, fuel and gear onboard. See the launch: http://goo.gl/DlSAEH