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

What would it look like from Earth if the Moon were a giant disco ball?

So, technically, this is what it would look like if the Moon were a disco ball AND orbited Earth at the same distance as the International Space Station, i.e. roughly 420 kilometers (260 miles) above the surface of the Earth. But that doesn't make it any less incredible looking. » 4/05/14 2:10pm 4/05/14 2:10pm

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 awesome roaming city would actually work in real life

Architizer showcases this awesome engineering and architectural project: a roaming city that would will actually work if someone builds it. In the past, some people have imagined roaming cities but nobody got to turn these pipe dreams into functional projects. This is the first one that actually makes sense. » 11/04/13 5:41am 11/04/13 5:41am