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Over the Moon

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Several years ago in these pages [March 2003] we said that what NASA really needed was a big vision for human space exploration and for its own role in that grand mission rather than a set of excuses for space travel. Now it seems the agency has one.

Announced in December, NASA’s ”Global Exploration Strategy” calls for a return to the moon by 2020 at the latest, as well as the establishment of a permanent base there from which to explore the outer planets, with Mars first on the list. The underlying idea behind the base—in addition to its being the place from which to actively explore the moon—is that lunar-based launches to the rest of the solar system could ultimately be less expensive than those launched from Earth.

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report

These two dozen technical projects should make significant advances in the coming year

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report
Edmon DeHaro

Each January, the editors of IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.

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