New gorgeous Guardians of the Galaxy concept art revealed

Olivier Pron was the lede matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy. His concepts for the movie sets—and other movies and personal projects—are extremely cool. I love the Chris Foss-iness of Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps. The rest of his work is equally great. I wish I could roam his worlds with an Oculus… » 1/09/15 7:00am 1/09/15 7:00am

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

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

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

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