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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NASA Eyes Robotic Space Gas Stations for Satellites
The Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test
July 29th, 2014
NASA wants to create a robotic gas station in space. While that might call to mind visions of interstellar starships, the unmanned depot won't actually be used to refuel rockets leading to the outer solar system or other worlds; instead, it will be design
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Apollo 11's Vintage Tech: The Most Amazing Moon Landing Innovations
Apollo 11's Saturn V 1969
July 24th, 2014
While the Apollo 11 landing was on the cutting-edge of technology in 1969, today it's a demonstration of how much could be accomplished with so little.
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Urthecast to Add More Earth-Watching HD Cameras to Space Station
Venezuela Seen by Urthecast Camera
July 29th, 2014
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
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These Quadcopter Dropships Could Land Rovers on Mars (Video)
The ESA's new dropship is designed to target areas safe for landing and lower rovers onto the surface of Mars.
July 21st, 2014
A dropship quadcopter designed by the European Space Agency could be landing rovers on Mars in the future.
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NASA's Robot Astronaut Inspiring Tech Advances Here on Earth
Astronaut Nyberg and Robonaut 2 in a Moment of Levity
June 29th, 2014
A humanoid robot aboard the International Space Station is inspiring technology that could be useful to both astronauts and people on Earth. Tech developed during the Robonaut program is being adapted into several spinoffs.
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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launch Delayed to Saturday by Bad Weather
At the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project team awaits their next possible launch window.
June 11th, 2014
NASA's self-proclaimed 'flying saucer' just can't seem to get off the ground, and it's all Mother Nature's fault.
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Europe to Launch Robotic Space Plane Prototype in November
European Space Agency's eXperimental Vehicle
July 29th, 2014
A new space plane prototype's launch in November could pave the way toward the creation of a reusable cargo vehicle that would survive the blistering re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency.
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Military Satellites Likely Saw Missile Strike on Malaysian Airlines Flight
An artist's image of a GEO satellite
July 18th, 2014
When a missile struck Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, it's likely that heat from the explosion was detected from space by a sophisticated network of military satellites.
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New Ion-Propulsion System Could Deliver Time Capsule to Mars
Time Capsule to Mars Cubesat
June 26th, 2014
A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to the Red Planet, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.
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