NASA has chosen six new technology projects to fund under its Innovative Advanced Concepts program, among them technology efforts to create crowds of miniature space-exploring robots or new ways to return samples from extreme environments. "Advancing these proposals from universities, private companies and NASA researchers to Phase 2 studies allows new, futuristic ideas to move closer to becoming real tools for exploration," says Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington, D.C.

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