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The Future of American Space Flight
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The Future of American Space Flight

We're facing the next chapter of space exploration, and humans will travel deeper into the solar system than ever before.

Investigate the role commercial ventures play, new vehicles and technologies, and what experts say about meeting the challenges of exploring destinations beyond low Earth orbit.

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NASA’s Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars

NASA’s Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars

One step closer to astronauts stepping on Mars — that's what NASA hopes we'll be after the December 2014 Orion test flight. Get details about this uncrewed, milestone mission. More...

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Dava Newman, Aerospace Engineer/Sailor

Dava Newman, Aerospace Engineer/Sailor

Aerospace engineer Dava Newman designs “second-skin” space suits to give astronauts more mobility while expending less energy. Find out why a more efficient space suit is important for travel to the moon. More...

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Orion Flight Test to Carry Mementos and Inspirational Items

Orion Flight Test to Carry Mementos and Inspirational Items

Ernie's rubber ducky, Grover's cape, and Cookie Monster's beloved cookie are set to travel into space along with a whole collection of fun and cool items. Take a look! More...

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45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

Relive the July 16, 1969 moon landing with this 45th anniversary photo gallery. From Armstrong's snapshot of Aldrin walking on the surface to reactions back on Earth, you'll find it here. More...

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The Atlantic
Life of an Astronaut

Life of an Astronaut

Spacewalking is definitely cool, but it's also extremely mentally and physically demanding. Take a look at the rigorous training astronauts undergo. More...

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Now Boarding: The Top 10 Private Spaceships

Now Boarding: The Top 10 Private Spaceships

Without NASA’s space shuttle fleet (retired in 2011), there’s no American vehicle to get astronauts and cargo into space. Take a look at 10 promising private spaceships. More...

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Valentina Tereshkova: The Greta Garbo of Space

Valentina Tereshkova: The Greta Garbo of Space

Meet the first woman sent into space — a Soviet textile factory worker who had parachuted out of airplanes in her youth. Learn more about her role in the Cold War space race. More...

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An Elevator to Space?

An Elevator to Space?

In the minds of these visionaries, traveling 22,000 miles into space via elevator will take one week. Discover more about their ideas, including when they hope it will start operating. More...

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Commercial Space Travel Carries Implications for Health

Commercial Space Travel Carries Implications for Health

Space tourism may soon become a reality, so doctors will have to screen their patients who want to blast off. Millie Hughes-Fulford, the first female scientist in space, discusses her journey toward the first medical research flight.
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Evolution of Solar Sails for Space Travel

Evolution of Solar Sails for Space Travel

The 21st-century technology of solar sails taps into the sun’s light to travel through space. Look at a gallery of actual space missions and potential future exploration. More...

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Space.com
How Astronauts Are Affected by Space Exploration

How Astronauts Are Affected by Space Exploration

It may look easy to float around in space, but many factors threaten the well-being of the human body. Learn about the risks astronauts take, and what they do to reduce the ill effects. More...

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How Interstellar Space Travel Works

How Interstellar Space Travel Works

Current modes of travel are way too slow for humans to star-hop in a single lifetime. Discover the challenges, and some solutions to going interstellar. More...

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Space.com
NASA Embraces Commercial Space

NASA Embraces Commercial Space

The borders of space are expanding as NASA and private companies work to develop commercial flights for cargo and people. Watch to find out about the latest efforts to extend our reach into unknown. More...

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Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Andy Liu is studying how humans adapt to the topsy-turvy, zero-gravity atmosphere of long space flights. He hopes to have one of these experiments performed on a future space flight. More...

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Scientist Profile: Space Suit Researchers

Scientist Profile: Space Suit Researchers

Meet a research team developing clothing that keeps astronauts comfortable in the intense cold and searing heat. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
The Grandest Rocket Ever

The Grandest Rocket Ever

In the 1950s and '60s, respected scientists were planning to build a huge spaceship that would take 100 astronauts to Saturn. Its source of propulsion: nuclear bombs. More...

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Discover Magazine
Using a Space Elevator

Using a Space Elevator

Physicist Michio Kaku claims that the cost of space travel at $10,000 per pound has stalled our space travel program for decades. Find out his solution to reduce costs in the future. More...

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