A Rocket Crossed with a Helicopter? Only in Kerbal Space Program

Game Recreates Entire Galaxy, 1,000 Players Determined To Explore It

Some people play gigantic space game Elite: Dangerous to lead humble, (relatively) ordinary space lives. They do missions, make deliveries, and decorate their cockpits with silly little bobbleheads. Then there's The Great Expedition. » 1/06/15 7:17pm 1/06/15 7:17pm

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we… » 12/22/14 12:04pm 12/22/14 12:04pm

7 Of Mankind's Biggest Screw-Ups In Space

Space isn't having a great few months — from the exploding mishaps of Orbital Science's Antares rocket, to the terrible tragedy of Virgin Galactic's test flight, and the yay-but-oh-shit rollercoaster that's been the ESA's comet landing, things aren't going entirely to plan. This isn't without precedent, though: if you… » 11/15/14 4:03pm 11/15/14 4:03pm

That's How You Build An Outer Space LEGO Colony

Made by Tim Goddard and Andrew Hamilton, the colonized LEGO planet of Panduro is huge, full of little trucks, spaceships, multiple monorails and fully automated trains. » 11/06/14 8:30am 11/06/14 8:30am

The First Pitch For Interstellar: "We're Not F--ing Going" To Space

Interstellar is an epic movie about space exploration with promising tag lines like "Go Further." But in reality, the pitch that landed screenwriter Jonathan Nolan the Interstellar gig sprung from his fear that humans had peaked at one flag on the moon. Here's our exclusive interview with Interstellar writer Nolan. » 11/04/14 1:28pm 11/04/14 1:28pm

You Can Grab 89 Star Wars Comics for $15

The Humble Bundle has been branching out from just games for a bit now, but today they have 89 comics available if you pay at least $15. » 10/16/14 12:53pm 10/16/14 12:53pm

​This Is What Star Citizen's Planets Will Look Like

Lots of people who are eagerly anticipating Star Citizen are already messing about inside the currently playable slices of the hotly anticipated next game from the creator of Wing Commander. But other people are not. If you're one of the latter, then take a look at the game in action. » 10/13/14 12:08am 10/13/14 12:08am

Cost of Getting a Person to Mars in 2030s According to SpaceX Founder

Elon Musk has been labeled as somewhat of a real-life Tony Stark. He's founded future-facing companies like Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and seems genuinely dedicated to help humanity with advanced technology. Now, he's set his eyes on Mars, and he's thinking big. » 10/03/14 2:44pm 10/03/14 2:44pm

Death Stars It'd Really Take to Destroy a Planet

Ever since I learned how inaccurate Star Wars battles really were, I've been thinking about how off the entire Star Wars universe is. I get it, in a place where people have telekinetic powers and can shoot lightning from their fingers; you can't exactly expect things to line up with… well, physics. When I started… » 10/01/14 1:50pm 10/01/14 1:50pm

Misconceptions about Space Battles You Probably Believe

"In space, no one can hear you scream." Thanks to 1979's hit Alien, that maxim's been part of the popular consciousness for a while now, but there's countless films and movies that just don't seem to get it. » 9/24/14 12:36pm 9/24/14 12:36pm

Science Explains How Space Battles Could REALLY Go Down

Look, since they usually involve smartass aliens, robots and magic powers, space battles have never been expected to the bastions of scientific accuracy. Still, it's interesting seeing just how much is wrong with the epic showdowns in stuff like Star Wars. » 9/23/14 8:45pm 9/23/14 8:45pm

2014's Best Photos Of Space Are Sometimes Funny, Sometimes Scary

Every year, Britain's Royal Observatory in Greenwich (yes, of Mean Time fame) holds a competition recognising the very best photos people take of space. This year's winners include a giant horse and an accidental video game tribute. » 9/21/14 8:31pm 9/21/14 8:31pm

The headline of this Wired piece reads "NASA validates 'impossible' space drive". It's the kind of news that won't make the front page today, but will hopefully make the "How Humanity Conquered Deep Space" history books of tomorrow. » 7/31/14 10:08pm 7/31/14 10:08pm

A Tiny Talking Mountain Is Actually Making My Life Better

The mountain with a horse for a head sighed, "I'll never forget this snowy day." And then it got hit by a flying truck, right in the umbrella. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mountain. » 7/01/14 10:32pm 7/01/14 10:32pm

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