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The secret handshake

Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which designed the LADEE orbiter, says forget the 20th—this is the real space century.

Stephen McLaren: Is science fiction a big source of inspiration?

Pete Worden: Here, there's almost a secret handshake among engineers who have read lots of science fiction. It lets you dream—how can we make that technology real, how can we make a better future?

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See the whole interview at Slate.com.

Image: An artist's depiction of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory as it approaches lunar orbit, courtesy Dana Berry/NASA Ames

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