Boeing and SpaceX Will Share NASA's $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Program

NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. » 9/16/14 4:39pm 9/16/14 4:39pm

Watch NASA Test Its Rocket-Powered "Flying Saucer" Live On io9!

After scrapping all of its planned test launches earlier this month, NASA will today attempt to release its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the edge of space. The rocket-powered, flying saucer–shaped landing vehicle will then return to Earth on a dramatic path through Hawaii's skies. Watch it live, here! » 6/28/14 1:56pm 6/28/14 1:56pm

Hear Optimus Prime Tell Us About Our Next Space Telescope

Some days, it feels like it can be difficult to get people excited about space exploration. It's space! It's the universe! Get excited already! Which is why NASA, being the lovable nerds that they are, have decided to use Peter Cullen, AKA the voice of Optimus Prime, to get you pumped about the Hubble's successor. » 6/17/14 12:30pm 6/17/14 12:30pm

NASA's Insane Plan To Save A Doomed Space Shuttle

In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia was lost when an accident at launch - noticed but not acted upon - conspired to destroy it upon re-entry. It was a great tragedy, and one that spurred NASA to develop a contingency plan which could have saved the stricken crew. It reads like a movie script that would make Apollo 13… » 2/26/14 10:00pm 2/26/14 10:00pm

This Is The Anime Nerd Equivalent of Seeing Jesus in Toast

You know when people see Jesus in potato chips? Or in toast? This is kind of like that, but less delicious and not religious. That is, unless you think watching anime is some sort of holy experience.


A recent thread on 2ch, Japan's largest bulletin board, was pouring over this image by Johannes Schedler at the … » 1/23/13 6:00am 1/23/13 6:00am