Japan wants to build the ultimate moon rover for astronauts and has tapped Toyota to help develop a futuristic, off-road, lunar vehicle that could potentially launch in 2029.
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.
Rovers, whatever world they're designed to explore, tend to work like little cars, but that can leave them vulnerable to getting stuck, as Spirit infamously did on Mars.
The quarks inside atoms move slower than the quarks inside free-floating protons and neutrons. But why?
The European Space Agency (ESA) is searching for potential spacesuit materials that would best protect future lunar astronauts from the inhospitable conditions of the moon.
Robotics technologies needed for future planetary exploration tested much closer to home, in the Moroccan desert.
Architectural students working with the European Space Agency have created a new concept for a sustainable lunar habitat.
The icy shell encasing Jupiter's moon Europa is both a promise and a problem, since it blocks scientists from getting a good look at what's going on under the ice.
Natalya Bailey was always interested in space, but it wasn't until she was sitting in a university class on propulsion that she realized what she wanted to do with her life.
The stereotypical image of an astronaut is shaped by their spacesuit, with its puffy, white body and boxy backpack holding the life-support system.
Space elevators to ferry passengers and cargo to and from orbit could be built using existing materials, if the technology takes inspiration from biology to fix itself when needed, a new study finds.
Boeing is investing in Accion Systems Inc., a Boston startup focused on scalable electric propulsion technology for satellites.
A space-elevator experiment is now at the International Space Station. The technology it's testing, if implemented on a large scale, could revolutionize spaceflight, advocates say.
A spacecraft designed to eventually replace many spacewalking astronaut activities passed two key pressure-leak tests in September, the company recently told Space.com.
A satellite in space has fired a net at a target to test active space-junk-cleanup technology, and the video is amazing.
I'm just inches away from capturing a Japanese HTV cargo spacecraft on the International Space Station using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. But things are getting dicey.
Active space-based experiments can deliver crucial insight into the space environment that has become increasingly vital to national security and the global economy.