NASA Hack Space: August 2014

Humans must expand to other planets and that requires building a spacecraft capable of crossing interstellar space. The craft will have to house thousands of people, and it's too big to be built on Earth.

In the grasp of the Japanese robotic arm, the CubeSat deployer releases a pair of NanoRacks CubeSat miniature satellites.

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM).

This is a view inside the 400 square-foot habitat housing the NEEMO 18 crew for nine days underwater off Key Largo, and it includes one of the portals that will be the crew's "eyes" to the ocean environment.

The free-flying robots were equipped with stereoscopic goggles called the Visual Estimation and Relative Tracking for Inspection of Generic Objects, or VERTIGO, to enable the SPHERES to perform relative navigation based on a 3D model of a target object.

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released a video from a camera mounted on an exterior panel of TechDemoSat-1, which shows the satellite moments after separation from the Fregat upper stage of its Soyuz-2 launcher, and as it begins its first orbit in Space.