In Pictures: NASA’s cool, radical and visionary concepts

From satellite swarms to interstellar subs NASA is advancing transformative aerospace projects.

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Phase II NASA this month announced a variety of technology concept programs for continued study under Phase II of the space agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. NIAC funds programs NASA says are “visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs - radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts…” The projects include plans for metallic lithium combustion, submarines that explore the oceans of icy moons of the outer planets, and a swarm of tiny satellites that map gravity fields and characterize the properties of small moons and asteroids. Take a look.

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