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's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast
Curiosity's Sky-Crane Maneuver
August 27th, 2015
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
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Kickstarter Launches to Build a Mini-James Webb Space Telescope
MesaTech James Webb Space Telescope Model
August 4th, 2015
As NASA gears up for the launch of its next great space telescope in 2018, a model-making team is asking for help to create miniature versions of the huge observatory for public outreach.
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Orbiting 'Rest Stops' to Repair Crumbling Satellites?
Satellite Fueling Station in Action
June 18th, 2015
NASA hopes to match commercial efforts in the future satellite-repair industry.
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Stem Cells Survive Wild Ride on Prototype Space Capsule
Terminal Velocity Aerospace Technicians Work on the RED-4U capsule
August 25th, 2015
Despite a rough landing, stem cells riding in a prototype capsule survived a long fall back to Earth during a drop test — part of an initiative to conduct research on the cells in space.
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NASA's Wild 'Windbot' Concept Aims to Sail in Jupiter's Sky
NASA 'Windbot' Proposed for Jupiter Mission
July 28th, 2015
NASA is looking into a wild idea to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter or other gas giant planets using a robotic spacecraft designed to sail across extraterrestrial skies.
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UrtheCast Releases High-Definition Video From Space Station Camera
UrtheCast Camera on International Space Station
June 18th, 2015
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
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New Spaceship Antenna Prevents Radio Silence During Fiery Re-Entry
 Superhot Plasma Around a Spacecraft
June 16th, 2015
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
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Wild Inflatable Space Elevator Idea Could Lift People 12 Miles Up
Thoth Technology Space Elevator
August 17th, 2015
Space enthusiasts and sci-fi fans, rejoice: The space elevator may be one step closer to reality. A Canadian space company has been awarded a patent for a space elevator that would reach 12 miles (20 kilometers) above the surface of our planet.
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Asteroid Mining Company's 1st Satellite Launches from Space Station
Arkyd 3 Reflight
July 17th, 2015
Planetary Resources has launched its first spacebound test of asteroid mining technology on July 16, beginning a 90-day mission to test vital technologies.
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LightSail Solar Sail Ends Test Flight with Fall Back to Earth
LightSail in Orbit
June 18th, 2015
The Planetary Society’s impressive solar sail experiment has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Following its deployment in Earth orbit on May 20, LightSail-A deployed its solar sail on June 7.
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