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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 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?


How will landing on Mars work?

How will landing on Mars work?

Landing on Mars will be one of the most dangerous and rewarding space missions. Learn how landing on Mars will further our understanding of space. See more »

How can the moon generate electricity?

How can the moon generate electricity?

Moon electricity is generated from the moon's gravitational influence over tides on the Earth's surface. Learn how moon electricity is created from tides. See more »

Why is NASA playing with marbles?

Why is NASA playing with marbles?

Bill Cooke, NASA scientist, is regularly shooting marbles into carefully arranged piles of soil. Why is NASA paying this man to do something most of us would do for free? It's all about our return to the moon. See more »

What if we lived on the moon?

What if we lived on the moon?

Living on the moon would be very challenging because of the lack of breathable air and other resources. Find out if living on the moon is possible. See more »

How the Orion CEV Will Work

How the Orion CEV Will Work

NASA needs a vehicle capable of carrying crew and payloads to Earth orbit, the moon and Mars. Learn about the basics of the new crew exploration vehicle. 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 Self-healing Spacecraft Will Work

How Self-healing Spacecraft Will Work

Scientists are now developing a new type of composite material that will allow spacecraft to repair themselves. Learn more about this amazing future technology. 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 »

How Light Propulsion Will Work

How Light Propulsion Will Work

Light propulsion could significantly lighten spacecraft and lower launch costs. See how it will work! 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 more accessible to everyone. See how it will work! See more »