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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 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.


This New Development Could Finally Be the Key to Space Elevators

Strings of extremely tiny diamonds have been produced at nanoscale, which could help build space elevators. Learn more on HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

NASA's Giant Space Umbrella Starshade Could Help Find Alien Life

A starshade shields light from stars that prevents us from directly observing their planets. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

We Should Still Be Talking About Moon Colonization

If we really want to learn how humans can live and work beyond Earth, why not start with the moon? Learn about moon colonization at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

A Space-Age Gold Rush? We Could Be Mining Asteroids by 2018

Could we be mining asteroids for raw materials by 2018? Learn more about asteroid mining in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

NASA Thinks Augmented Reality Is the Future of Tech Support

Your toilet breaks. Bummer. But wait. A plumbing expert shows you how to repair it — without either of you needing to leave your homes. This is the sort of future that could be delivered by augmented reality systems, like Now imagine that, instead of ... See more »

Force Fields for Spacecraft Coming to a Galaxy Near You

Cancer is a big risk for astronauts in space, but a shield in development may help. Read more about force fields for spacecraft at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Soon We Could Glide to the Edge of Space Without an Engine

The Perlan 2 super glider should be able to travel up to the ozone layer. Learn more about the Perlan 2 super glider at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How Terraforming Works

Earth is great, but could we terraform other planetary bodies to make them fit for human life? Learn more about terraforming at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Best Ideas for Interplanetary Communication

Interplanetary communication will be a challenge. How will we keep in touch with other worlds? Here are 10 ideas for interplanetary communication. See more »

How to Build a Better Space Explorer

How can we build a better space explorer? Learn what it takes to be a better space explorer. See more »