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November 12, 2013

Tomorrow’s Discoveries: Powering The Next Generation Of Space Exploration

[ Watch the Video: Powering A Manned Mission To Mars ]

In the last half century, mankind has begun to explore the solar system. We’ve imaged foreign worlds, discovered new moons, and reached beyond our Sun’s influence. But much has changed; our dreams of learning about the heavens are only expanding and becoming more ambitious.

Soon, man will unleash a new wave of explorers to visit planets and moons in our little corner of the galaxy. There are even plans to send astronauts to another world. However, as our thirst for knowledge increases so does the level of technology required to carry out the work.

To power spacecraft and instruments that will explore travel among the solar system, new energy sources are needed.  These systems need to be very efficient and have the capability to last for decades. With these specifications, high efficiency nuclear engines are the answer.

The next generation of power plants is currently being developed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In the second episode of our new exclusive series Tomorrow’s Discoveries, redOrbit's very own John P. Millis, Ph.D. visited their Stirling Engine Research Lab to learn more about the technology that will power the next planetary explorers, and perhaps the first human colony on Mars.

About RedOrbit Inc.

Over the last decade, redOrbit, Inc. has established itself as a premier source of news, commentary, and information about the latest trends in space, science, health, and technology.

In order to continue bringing the highest standard of content to its' readers, redOrbit has decided to branch-out beyond the written word by developing an exclusive video series entitled "Tomorrow's Discoveries." This Web-series will bring viewers the latest developments in the fields of space and science by traveling to the world’s top research centers and exploring cutting edge research that are driving tomorrow’s technologies

Tomorrow's Discoveries is a branch-off of a podcast series that redOrbit launched last year called "Your Universe Today," in which we interview the leading scientists around the world about the latest developments in astronomy and space exploration. The success of this podcast is what drove redOrbit to develop this new, enticing video series.

redOrbit, Inc., headquartered in Texas, was founded in November 2002 by Eric Ralls. The web site,, was launched in May 2003, with the goal of creating the largest, most unique internet community, with the strongest consumer brand, in the most underserved niche on the Web. has since become the premier internet destination for space, science, health, and technology enthusiasts around the globe. is committed to providing stimulating, original content and presentation, with over 2,000,000 pages covering the vast ideological spectrums of space, science, health, and technology.  The beautiful and engaging forum created at promotes a friendly and open environment, enhancing user loyalty and community, while advancing redOrbit’s goal of providing the world with a virtual Utopia for intelligent, curious minds. averages over 7.6 million unique visitors per month (Verified by Quantcast).