FUTURE SPACE

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 will we colonize other planets?

We've been cruising around in the International Space Station since 2000 and have proven ourselves quite capable of living in low-Earth orbit. Isn't it about time we started moving on to other space destinations and figuring out how to establish human outposts there?

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  • 10 Best Ideas for Interplanetary Communication
    10 Best Ideas for Interplanetary Communication

    In the future, as we send space probes and manned missions to explore the solar system and possibly colonize other worlds, there's a major problem that we'll have to overcome -- keeping in touch with them. See more »

  • Could starships use cold fusion propulsion?
    Could starships use cold fusion propulsion?

    If we're going to get serious about boldly going where no man has gone before, and send humans beyond the solar system, we're gonna need a cheap and plentiful energy source to help us get there. See more »

  • Could we really blow up an incoming asteroid with a nuclear bomb?
    Could we really blow up an incoming asteroid with a nuclear bomb?

    Surely nuclear weapons, which can obliterate entire cities, contain enough destructive power to blow a giant space rock to bits, right? What does NASA make of the whole explosive business? See more »

  • How Air-breathing Rockets Will Work
    How Air-breathing Rockets Will Work

    Air-breathing rockets have the potential to dramatically lower launch costs and may make space lots more accessible to normal people. See how it will work! See more »

  • How Antimatter Spacecraft Will Work
    How Antimatter Spacecraft Will Work

    Antimatter has the ability to store incredible amounts of energy in a very small space. See how it will work. See more »

  • How Asteroid Mining Will Work
    How Asteroid Mining Will Work

    Asteroid mines could become an incredible source of building supplies for a colony on the moon. Learn how they will work! See more »

  • How can the moon generate electricity?
    How can the moon generate electricity?

    Researchers are using the moon's gravitational pull on bodies of water to test underwater turbine electricity production. It's considered clean power, but is it completely safe? See more »

  • How COSMIC Works
    How COSMIC Works

    COSMIC is a groundbreaking project that's taking satellite technology to the next level. How does it calculate information that can help predict climate change and monitor Earth's changing magnetism? See more »

  • How Electromagnetic Propulsion Will Work
    How Electromagnetic Propulsion Will Work

    Get a sneak peek (even before NASA scientists) at a new type of spacecraft that could be jolted through space by electromagnets. See more »

  • How Fusion Propulsion Will Work
    How Fusion Propulsion Will Work

    Using current rocket engine technology, a trip to Mars takes seven months. Fusion propulsion would cut that trip in half. Find out what fusion is and how it could speed up space travel. See more »

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