Incredible Technology - Space Travel and Exploration

At the center of space exploration beats a heart of incredible technological marvels and innovation that inspires scientists and engineers to reach for the stars. See some of the wildest space tech concepts here, as well as technologies needed to ensure humanity's expansion across the solar system.
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Folding Origami Solar Panels Could Be Headed to Space (Video)
BYU Student Unfolds Solar Panel
October 20th, 2014
NASA engineers, researchers from Brigham Young University and origami expert Robert Lang are developing origami-inspired solar panel arrays that fold and unfold.
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Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts
MIT Skintight Spacesuit
October 2nd, 2014
The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking. Instead of the bulky spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT researchers want to "shrink-wrap" the spaceflyers of tomorrow.
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NASA Challenges Public to Design Piece of Mars Spacecraft
NASA wants makers of the world to dream up part of a Mars probe under its Mars Balance Mass Challenge. Ideas are due by Nov. 21.
September 23rd, 2014
NASA announced a new contest called the Mars Balance Mass Challenge, inviting the public to submit design ideas for dual-purpose spacecraft weight balances for a future Mars mission.
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NASA Mars Rover Laser Tech Adapted to Hunt Gas Leaks on Earth
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity
October 8th, 2014
A California energy company is using laser technology originally developed to search for methane on Mars to pinpoint natural gas leaks here on Earth.
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How to Launch a Space Startup in 2 Days (First Person)
Planet Labs CubeSats Deployed from Space Station
October 1st, 2014
An inside look at a recent space-startup competition in Silicon Valley.
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Space Elevator Advocates Take Lofty Look at Innovative Concepts
Japan Space Elevator
September 22nd, 2014
See how the International Space Elevator Consortium is working to advance space-elevator tech and science to make the future now.
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NASA Picks 4 Companies to Test Innovative Tech Near Edge of Space
Virgin Galactic Spaceship
September 10th, 2014
NASA has chosen four private companies to fly experiments high into Earth's atmosphere.
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NASA Launches Student Contest for 3D-Printed Astronaut Tools
Made in Space's 3D printer
October 2nd, 2014
You don't have to become an astronaut to use the International Space Station's new 3D printer.
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Blast Off! NASA App Teaches Kids About Rocket Launches
A screenshot from NASA's LSP Activity Book, a mobile app and online coloring book to spark interest about rocket launches in kids. The app was created by NASA's Launch Services Program.
September 26th, 2014
NASA has developed apps that can track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt for comets, but its latest app is an educational project for kids all about rocket launches.
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Zero-G 3D Printer Set for Launch: What Will Be Made In Space First?
Made In Space Sample 3-D Printed Parts
September 19th, 2014
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
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