NASA researchers investigate way-out ideas

October 22, 2004 | Source: MSNBC

Research fellows at the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) are developing “crazy ideas” for the future, such as skin-tight spray-on spacesuits for a trip to Mars … static-electricity fields that would protect future lunar bases from space radiation … even a lunar lab that could develop microbes for terraforming Mars.

Rising interest in the space elevator concept is one of NIAC’s success stories.