Space exploration technologies

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

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Planetary Resources' announcement of their intention to mine the asteroids rekindles dreams of the early Space Age.

Planetary Resources' announcement of their intention to mine the asteroids rekindles dreams of the early Space Age.

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In honor of NASA's 55th Anniversary we put together this infographic that shows NASA's planned expeditions through 2030.

In honor of NASA's 55th Anniversary we put together this infographic that shows NASA's planned expeditions through 2030.

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The age of the universe and its vast number of stars suggests that extraterrestrial life should be common. If that’s the case, then where is everyone? In this infographic we explore some possibilities.

The age of the universe and its vast number of stars suggests that extraterrestrial life should be common. If that’s the case, then where is everyone? In this infographic we explore some possibilities.

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Fly wheels, such as the NASA G2 flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth. NASA’s looking for new energy storage systems to enable our future exploration missions. Image Credit: NASA

Fly wheels, such as the NASA G2 flywheel module above, are one way to store rotational energy for use by spacecraft or machines on Earth. NASA’s looking for new energy storage systems to enable our future exploration missions. Image Credit: NASA

Cold War paranoia and a huge technological leap.  This poster is meant to look like a vintage poster for the Soviet Union's Sputnik space satellite.

Cold War paranoia and a huge technological leap. This poster is meant to look like a vintage poster for the Soviet Union's Sputnik space satellite.

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Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

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