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.
Read More
Pew, Pew, Pew! NASA Space Lasers to Map Earth's Forests in 3D
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
November 18th, 2014
A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth's forests.
Read More »
Mock Satellite Destroyed to Study Space Junk Collisions
DebriSat
October 28th, 2014
A full-scale lookalike of a modern satellite was purposefully destroyed in a ground test chamber. The results of the blast are meant to help scientists better grasp the effects of space collisions.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
NASA's Most Complex 3D-Printed Rocket Part Yet Passes Test (Video)
Rockets with 3D-Printed Injectors
November 8th, 2014
NASA tested two rockets with 3D-printed injectors modeled after the rocket that could one day send humans to Mars.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
First Hasselblad Camera Flown in Space Up for Auction
First Hasselblad Camera in Space
October 28th, 2014
A space-flown camera that has connections to two Mercury astronauts is heading for the auction block. The Hasselblad 500C camera includes components that were used aboard the fifth and sixth U.S. manned spaceflights by Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.
Read More »
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.
Read More »
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.
Read More »