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Japan wants to build a space-based solar energy farm

A new proposal from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lays out a plan that would solve the country’s energy woes for decades to come.<p>The power source? A series of platforms launched into orbit around the planet to collect solar energy. Yeah, that’s right — a space-based solar energy …

Space Travel's Efficient, Cheaper Future: Sleeping Your Way To Mars In A Stasis Habitat

Louis-Sébastien Mercier’s <i>Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred</i> uses the “sleeper awakes” device in his 1771 proto-science fictional story about a man who falls asleep in 18th century Paris and wakes up five centuries later, in a Rousseauian utopian state. Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The</i> …

The Future Is Here: How 3D Printing Is Opening The Door To Space Colonization

*This blog cowritten with Mike Chen, Made in Space cofounder and chief strategy officer.<p><b>The Future Is Finally Here</b><p>Back before we had smartphones and internet apps, we had assumptions about what life would be like in the 21st century. We assumed flying cars. We assumed (thank you <i>Jetsons)</i> robo-maids. …

Space geckos? Sticky-footed robots could climb future spacecraft

Gecko's sticky feet seem to let the little climbing lizards crawl wherever they want. Now researchers have used the gecko feet's trade secrets to let robots use that climbing power in space.<p>The idea, which received backing from the European Space Agency, mimics the pads of the gecko's feet to allow …

Can Quiet, Efficient 'Space Elevators' Really Work?

Is it time to push the "up" button on the space elevator?<p>A space elevator consisting of an Earth-anchored tether that extends 62,000 miles (100,000 …

Astronomers Make the Case for a Mission to Neptune and Uranus

The ice giants are the forgotten sisters of interplanetary exploration. Now astronomers are arguing for an ambitious twin-probe mission with a launch …

First commercial moon delivery could be sports drink

Expect astronomical shipping charges. A can of the Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat could next year become the first commercial delivery to the …

Space

NASA Teaches Humanoid Robonaut 2 Medical Skills for Space Emergencies (Video)

NASA is training a humanoid space robot to pull double duty as an emergency doctor in space — a surrogate physician that could one day be controlled …

NASA Seeks Targets For Asteroid-Capture Mission

NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission.<p>The space agency aims to use a …