A Charming Alphabet Series Explores the ABCs of Rocket Science

NASA is producing an alphabet book of rocket science to unravel the acronym soup surrounding the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle project. The result is a fantastic bit of retro-futuristic art and a perfect reading reading companion for budding geeks. » 7/29/14 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

X-Rays From the Universe Are Simply Stunning

The Chandra X-ray observatory has been observing the universe in X-ray wavelengths for fifteen years. The space telescope's scientific highlights gallery has so much gorgeous X-ray goodness that it's hard to pick favourites. Need to be swept away by the sheer beauty of space? We've got you covered. » 7/28/14 5:35pm Monday 5:35pm

NASA Advocates for Mars Mission to a Packed Room at Comic-Con

NASA's mission to Mars panel at Comic-Con today was jam packed with space-loving geeks. Retired astronaut and living legend Buzz Aldrin left everyone in awe, while the rest of the panel gushed enthusiastically about the "Next Giant Leap" to Mars. » 7/25/14 11:30pm Friday 11:30pm

The 1970s Spacecraft Is Doing Science Again!

The 36-year-old ISEE-3 is back collecting shiny new science! ...but our efforts to bring it home are for nought. Instead, our first crowd funded, crowd source citizen science space mission will be on a heliocentric orbit. Ah well, that's still pretty amazing! » 7/24/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

Science and Entertainment in One Glorious Package

While the rest of io9 will be bringing you the hottest, latest, and greatest in pop culture and entertainment news from Comic Con, I'll be prowling the halls in search of science. Do you have any burning questions you want me to ask our favourite Peep-tormenting astronomer or mohawked rocket scientist? » 7/24/14 8:00am Thursday 8:00am

The Most Deadly American Landslide Was Strangely Normal

The landslide in March of this year that buried the community of Oso, Washington killed 43 people. That makes it the deadliest landslide in American history, and yet it happened in almost totally unremarkable circumstances. So, what happened and can we do to reduce the risk of future landslides? » 7/23/14 3:00pm 7/23/14 3:00pm

Get A Rocket's View From Falcon 9 as It Lands on the Ocean

After boosting a communications satellite into orbit, SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable booster rocket performed a successful soft-landing on the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all? A camera strapped to the rocket captured it for our viewing pleasure. Rocket selfies are the best selfies. » 7/23/14 12:30pm 7/23/14 12:30pm

Chandra Has Been X-Raying the Universe for 15 Years

When the Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates a launch anniversary, it goes big with exploding stars and rotating neutron stars. Today marks 15 years of precision X-ray investigations of stars, galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, and even dark energy. NASA celebrates with supernova and pulsars. » 7/23/14 9:40am 7/23/14 9:40am

The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It

The sun is big. Really, really big. It's so big, every feature on it is mind-boggling huge. Last week it spun out a massive prominence arcing out into space so ginormous that a mischievous fireproof Titan could've used it as a hoop to dunk the Earth in a game of cosmic basketball. » 7/22/14 3:00pm 7/22/14 3:00pm

Celebrating Jean-Félix Picard's Birthday With Geodetic Trivia

If you find having a favourite map projection a delightfully geeky quirk, you're going to want to raise a toast in honour of Jean-Félix Picard. Geodetics and cartography owe a debt of gratitude to the 17th century scientist who made the first accurate measurement of the Earth's size. » 7/21/14 10:45pm 7/21/14 10:45pm

Bring Forth the Space-Cake!

We can't always be all serious and nostalgic. It's time to bust out a gif party of space-cakes. While we're really hoping for some good moons, landings, and other astronomy themes, we won't snub a sweet taste of planetary science, geoscience or scifi-inspired baking. » 7/20/14 12:45pm 7/20/14 12:45pm