Learn about Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment designed to demonstrate that inflatable heat shields may be used to protect future spacecraft.
Autonomous robots roamed across the grassy terrain at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at the 2012 Sample Return Robot Challenge in Worcester, Mass.
Five teams of engineers compete at WPI for a chance to win the Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge.
Unlike what Hollywood may portray, the reality of current robotics isn't sinister, emotional or out for world domination.
In space, extending the human touch is bolstered by a fusion of astronaut and robot skills.
Autonomous robots will compete for a NASA prize of $1.5 million at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on June 4-8.
Beating the Heat of Atmospheric Entry
NASA's Space Technology Program is building, testing and flying the technologies needed for future missions.
Small bodies in the cosmos offer tantalizing insight about the very formation of our solar system.
Planetary Radio Broadcast