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Future of space: Bigger discoveries by smaller, smarter machines Florida Today

Powerful cameras the size of postage stamps. Probes soaring around space on solar sails blown by the sun’s winds. People living on the moon and Mars. Robots mining asteroids for minerals. Sound like science fiction? It’s not to researchers working on new technologies to expand and accelerate space exploration in the next century, according to speakers Friday who wrapped up the 36th Space Congress.