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 Robonauts Work

Have you heard about the new astronauts in town? They're dexterous, sensitive and don't mind doing dull and repetitive tasks in space a whit. They're robots. And one of them is shacking up at the International Space Station right now.

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  • How Inflatable Spacecraft Will Work

    How Inflatable Spacecraft Will Work

    Inflatable spacecraft will revolutionize satellites and space habitats. Learn how they will work! See more »

  • How Light Propulsion Will Work

    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. See more »

  • How Robonauts Work

    How Robonauts Work

    Have you heard about the new astronauts in town? They're dexterous, sensitive and don't mind doing dull and repetitive tasks in space a whit. They're robots. And one of them is shacking up at the International Space Station right now. 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 soon will we be able to create a moon base?

    How soon will we be able to create a moon base?

    Whether we head there to mine some helium-3 or take the first steps in expanding humanity's reach into the solar system, we want to go to the moon -- permanently. When's that going to happen? See more »

  • How Space Elevators Will Work

    How Space Elevators Will Work

    A space shuttle launch is expensive -- about $10,000 per pound. The LiftPort Group is developing a new system that could cut the cost down to about $400 per pound. Find out how a space elevator might be your ticket into orbit. See more »

  • How Space Planes Will Work

    How Space Planes Will Work

    Space planes are likely to be the replacement for the space shuttle. Learn how they will work! See more »

  • How Terraforming Mars Will Work

    How Terraforming Mars Will Work

    The thought of terraforming Mars is one of those ideas so outrageous that it just might work! Learn how it will work! See more »

  • How Terraforming Works

    How Terraforming Works

    If we ever want to start cruising this vast universe, we're going to need some different ports of call along the way. What and where are they? 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 technologies of the new Crew Exploration Vehicle and find out how it will help us explore the moon and beyond. See more »

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