Now this is some engineering. You’re looking at a model—though sadly, not a working one—of the propulsion systems that will power the Orion European Service Module (ESM). Orion is NASA’s next deep space exploration vehicle, and it will launch atop a new Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 in 2018.
How do you trap light inside something that’s filled with holes? That may sound like an odd question, but it’s one that researchers have been grappling with to create a microscopic container that locks light in but lets fluids pass straight through. Read more >>