HOUSTON — U.S. planning for future deep-space exploration, both human and robotic, is driving a potential 22% increase in spending within NASA’s 3 1/2-year-old Space Technology Directorate across eight key fronts that could lead to advances in terrestrial telecommunications and in-situ resource utilization by astronauts visiting other planets. NASA’s 2015 budget proposal seeks $706 million for science and technology. The directorate, currently fifth in spending among ...

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