Earlier in the Christmas holiday period we also had a lot of news coverage on China's Jade Rabbit 2 lander which is patrolling around the far side of the Moon right now. This was a huge technical achievement and rightly reported widely. There's a nice technical report on the Chinese Moon mission on the ESA site, here: Chang'e-3 Moon-landing Mission
So, where do we get inspiration for SF stories? We follow science news stories like these and ferret out the technical stuff. I'm working on the 2019 run of Tales of The Beachcomber right now and you can be sure that some of the science in these stories will work its way in there. Watch out for the new comics.