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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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Walking on Mars: NASA, Microsoft Explore Red Planet with Wearable HoloLens
OnSight Holographic Planning Tool
January 23rd, 2015
NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens.
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Outside the Spacecraft: Smithsonian Celebrates 50 Years of Spacewalks
50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity Smithsonian
January 8th, 2015
A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum invites the public to stroll through half a century of spacewalks. "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity" presents artifacts that relate the continuing story of EVA.
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15 Amazing Space Missions to Watch in 2015
Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle
December 29th, 2014
What can space fans look forward to next year? Closely watched spacecraft are expected to start pumping out science, while private spaceflight companies have a number of launches on the books for 2015.
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Missile Warning Satellites to Be Early Subject of USAF Reform Initiative
An artist's illustration of a the U.S. military's  Space Based Infrared System missile defense satellite in orbit.
January 20th, 2015
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
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High-Tech Airships Could Be NASA's Next Challenge
High-Altitude Airship Concept
December 31st, 2014
NASA has proposed a new citizen science challenge called the 20-20-20 Airship Challenge that calls for high-altitude and long-duration airship designs.
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'Thunderwear' Skivvies Inspired by Spacesuit Tech Beat the Heat
Thunderwear is a heat-resistant undergarment developed by the Swedish company Björn Borg to protect workers against burns in steel mills.
December 23rd, 2014
A new type of 'Thunderwear' underwear aims to protect workers (such as welders) from sparks generated as they do their jobs. The heat-resistant material was developed as part of a space technology transfer program at the European Space Agency.
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Space Station Laser Link Blasts Broadband from Orbit
OPALS on International Space Station
December 12th, 2014
A new laser link with the International Space Station could do what optical fiber has done for internet access on Earth -- by turning orbital communications from painfully slow dial-up to blazing-fast broadband.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Says Rocket Landing Test Ran Out of Hydraulic Fluid
SpaceX CRS-5 Liftoff
January 12th, 2015
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
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How to 3D Print a Space Station Wrench Emailed to Orbit
International Space Station commander Butch Wilmore shows off the ratchet wrench made with Made In Space's 3D printer on the station. The same wrench can now be printed at home.
December 29th, 2014
The first-ever hand tool to be emailed up to the International Space Station can now be downloaded to anywhere on Earth.
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Welcome Home, Orion! NASA Space Capsule Back in Florida After Test Flight
Orion back in Florida
December 19th, 2014
NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
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