Get a head start building your very own 1970s-style Mars orbiter by snapping up an engine built for NASA’s Viking project.
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NASA satellites capture the plume of smoke rising from the Rim Fire that is currently raging in California. Yosemite National Park is threatened, as is the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies water to the San Francisco Bay Area. See more satellite images here.
Don’t freak out just yet, but NASA says Earth is at the center of a tangled mass of potentially hazardous asteroids. Is the home to all life as we know it in danger? Not in the next 100 years, according to NASA.
In the summer of 1975, when space exploration was less than two decades old, NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a space settlement design summit, known as the 1975 NASA Summer Study, that envisioned what life in space might look like, with a focus on orbiting spaceships. The result was a document called “Space settlements: A design study.”
(Note: One of these is actually from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s a blind item. We’ll never tell.)