NASA Hack Space: January 2014

A prototype Mars parachute is pulled from the sky with a rocket sled.

One day, human activity will extend across the solar system. Scientists believe this will expand our understanding of Earth and the universe in which we live.

A NASA team made first contact with the National Science Foundation-funded Firefly spacecraft at 7:33 p.m. EST on Jan. 6, 2014.

Climbing robots that mimic the stickiness of gecko lizard feet could work in space as well as on Earth, ESA has shown, raising the prospect of hull-crawling automatons tending future spacecraft.