Could Asteroid Mining Fuel Deep Space Travel?

If we want to colonize space, we have to figure out how to generate a large supply of life sustaining resources. The most important being water. The good news is, traces of water have been detected throughout our solar system. And asteroids may hold the most accessible abundance of water that we know of. There […]

How Mission Designers Invent Futuristic Spacecraft

A submarine that can dive through Titan’s methane seas. A celestial hopper that can harvest frozen nitrogen as propellant. These are the types of futuristic spacecraft that could explore distant worlds for us. But while they look straight from science fiction, there’s actually an in-house conceptual design team at NASA behind them. I’m Steve Oleson. […]

Why Did We Just Shoot A “Bullet” At An Asteroid?

The universe is a tantalizing realm of billowing galaxies, terrorizing black holes, mysterious planets, and then…we get to asteroids. These lone grey worlds seem to have all the hype right now and, if we have so much going on in the universe, why are we so focused on sending spacecraft to these drifting rocks? I […]