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What is the future of space travel? Explore the technologies we’ll use to visit the stars in the near and not-so-near future, from space planes to robonauts.

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How Light Propulsion Will Work

Like many new technologies, light propulsion was originally conceived as a tool of war and national defense. But the "Star Wars" missile defense system may eventually send rockets, rather than missile-destroying lasers, into space.


Mars Astronauts Risk 'Space Brain' Dementia From Cosmic Rays

What risks will a Mars mission pose? A new study looks at 'space brain' dementia due to cosmic rays, as this HowStuffWorks Now article explains. See more »

Asgardia Wants to Be a New Nation — in Space

Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli wants to create the first space nation named Asgardia. Learn more about Asgardia at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How Plasma Rockets Work

What if we could get to Mars in 40 days instead of seven months! It could happen if we used plasma rockets. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

A Year in Isolation: What We Learned From the Latest Mars Simulation

What did six HI-SEAS scientists learn while locked away from the world for a year inside a geodesic dome? Read this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Jeff Bezos Wants to Move Heavy Industry to Space

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos outlined some really lofty goals for humanity and industry during a recent interview. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Nightmarish Sea Urchin Teeth Inspire New Space Exploration Claw

Sea urchin jaws inspired the design of a space exploration tool. Learn more about how sea urchin teeth in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Elon Musk Steers Dragon 2 Toward Possible 2018 Mars Landing

SpaceX is setting its ambitious sights on a 2018 unmanned Martian landing. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

NASA Will Learn to Prevent Space Fires by Setting Space Fires

NASA is setting fires in space. Learn more about the Spacecraft Fire Experiments at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Crops on Mars: Safe to Eat?

We've figured out pretty much how to grow them. Learn about the next obstacle that space-grown crops face at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

NASA's 2016 Budget Is Looking Out of This World

The omnibus spending bill will give NASA a bigger 2016 budget than requested. Learn what NASA's billion-dollar budget will fund at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »