NASA’s Plans Include Force Fields and Cryogenic Chambers

The US National Aeronautical and Space Administration is looking to make non-fiction out of some very sci-fi concepts. The organization has selected 8 proposals with “the potential to transform future aerospace missions,” including manned missions to Mars.

Its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC Program, allows “proposers to further develop concepts funded by NASA.” Proposals can be worth up to $500,000 USD after demonstrating “initial feasibility and benefit.”

Among the proposals are an “interplanetary habitat configured to induce deep sleep” for long-term missions such as a Mars trip, the “Magnetoshell,” which utilizes magnetized plasma to impede “atmospheric flow” and help slow high-velocity spacecraft, and others, such as the construction of a growable space habitat with equivalent Earth gravity.

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