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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The Russian anthropomorphic robot can fire a handgun, do push-ups and even drive a car. Now it's going off into space.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 31, 2018
Astronauts will be testing human and bull sperm to see how microgravity might affect future human reproduction in space.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 25, 2018
The first 'manned' mission to the moon since the 1970s will be populated by bugs and plants.
By Jesslyn Shields Jan 17, 2018
Can you imagine living on Mars? It's hard for some, but HowStuffWorks founder Marshall Brain has a new book that discusses the idea in depth.
By Diana Brown Aug 1, 2017
Cosmic radiation gave the fictional Fantastic Four superpowers, but in real life it could destroy an astronaut's mind, a new study shows. NASA's already on the defense.
By Patrick J. Kiger Oct 12, 2016
Asgardia's going to start small, as in one satellite small, but the proposed nation has big plans.
By Jonathan Strickland Oct 12, 2016
Imagine if we could get to Mars in 40 days instead of seven months! It could happen if we used plasma rockets, which travel at 34 miles per second. But how do we make this a reality?
By Meisa Salaita
In the HI-SEAS project, scientists lived together in cramped isolation on Hawaii, simulating the kind of challenges that would bedevil interplanetary explorers
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 2, 2016
The business magnate also wants space startups to become as common as internet startups are today. And Bezos' company Blue Origin is going to help make it all happen.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Jun 3, 2016
Researchers looked at the sea urchin jaw's uniquely powerful structure to build a better excavation tool, with the aim of digging on Mars — or beyond.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 18, 2016
Elon Musk announced this week that SpaceX will be attempting to make history yet again by landing the first private and unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018.
By Robert Lamb Apr 29, 2016
It's all in the name of science, of course.
By Jonathan Strickland Mar 23, 2016
We've figured out pretty much how to grow them. It's the making them safe for consumption that could be tricky.
By Jonathan Strickland Mar 10, 2016
How often do you hear of NASA getting a bigger annual budget than it asked for? Not often.
By Jonathan Strickland Dec 18, 2015
Scientists have discovered how to produce strings of extremely tiny diamonds. The super-strong material could help build a 12.5-mile high elevator into space.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 4, 2015
Looking at planets outside our solar system is tricky because of light from their home stars. NASA is developing a starshade, which could help find habitable worlds.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 1, 2015
If what we really want to learn is how humans can live, work and learn beyond Earth, why not start with the moon?
By Joe McCormick Nov 30, 2015
Asteroid-mining startup Planetary Resources has already launched its first experimental probe, and could revolutionize space exploration and exploitation.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 17, 2015
You can only pack so much for a trip to space. That means limited people, knowledge and supplies. NASA thinks augmented reality systems may help. Plus, they look fun!
By Lauren Vogelbaum Oct 30, 2015
Radiation is a serious occupational risk for astronauts. An active shielding approach currently being developed for spacecraft could greatly diminish that risk.
By Julia Layton Oct 21, 2015
By next year the Perlan 2 glider could go higher than any winged glider before – all the way up to the ozone layer.
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 28, 2015
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?
By John Perritano
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger
Every day in space is like finals week, only the consequences of failing are substantially worse. So how far might we be willing to go to conquer the great unknown? Would you make a good candidate?
By Nicholas Gerbis
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.
By Jennifer Ouellette
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