NASA tests solar sail
While my journalism career up in Cleveland has had its ups and downs, I've been fortunate to have two jobs in a row that allowed me to cover NASA, a science fiction fan's dream. Currently, I work for the Sandusky Register; part of my beat is covering NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky.
Plum Brook has the biggest vacuum chamber in the world, about 100 feet wide and 120 feet tall, and it's currently being used to test a prototype solar sail. A solar sail is "pushed" by sunlight and will be used someday to propel small, unmanned spacecraft.