Engineers at Johnson Space Center began work in July of 2010 on the Morpheus lander – a testbed for new technologies that a vehicle intended to land on the moon, an asteroid or even Mars would need.
In the future a humanoid robot called Robonaut may be able to work side-by-side with spacewalking astronauts or even go where the environment is too risky for humans. Robonaut can work autonomously or while operated by a person from inside the spacecraft.
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The Hypervelocity Impact Technology Facility, or HITF, tests many materials and spacebound items for their susceptibility to micrometeoroid impact and develops ways to make them stronger and more resistant to damage.
The Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory, or ASPL, is developing a new type of rocket technology, the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket. This plasma rocket drive is powered by electrical energy that heats the propellant.
The searchable galleries of the Human Space Flight Web contain thousands of images and videos relating to NASA's human missions, from the Mercury program to the International Space Station.