A former Google Lunar X Prize contender aims to create a DIY kit for anyone to send a rocket to the moon.
Launching a 3D printer to the International Space Station could allow astronauts to print new tools, spare parts and even small satellites.
A convenient machine design combines washing with microwave drying to clean astronaut laundry during missions to the moon and Mars.
The U.S. space agency should leverage its brand and rocket-scientist authority to set the agenda for space exploration, consultants say.
Laser beams could help robotic space missions pull in extraterrestrial samples from the Martian atmosphere or stardust from deep space.
Intelligent alien life may have left traces in their technological footprints or even written in the DNA of Earth's organisms.
Draper Laboratory is working on a spacesuit that helps astronauts coordinate their movements in space.
Although the shuttle program has ended, the technologies that spun off in its wake continue to change lives.
As space flight advocates argue over whether the next manned mission should head to the Moon or Mars, many others wonder if human spaceflight has any future at all.
A space rock that may someday strike Earth is the target for scientists who want to understand if life on Earth had extraterrestrial origins.
A formerly deceased Google Lunar X Prize contender may get its second wind in the new age of space exploration.
The ability of plants to rebound after the Chernobyl nuclear accident suggests that space crops may be able to grow despite high radiation.