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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.)
A few weeks ago NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover found a bright, shiny object and everyone was excited! Then it turned out to be a piece of the rover that fell off and everyone was heart broken and started to sing “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie.”
Curiosity took a few scoops of Martian soil from a patch called “Rocknest.” That activity uncovered a bright particle in the pit it created. Unlike the earlier object, NASA has confirmed the new piece is of Martian origin. There are others like it scattered around.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found definitive proof that water once ran across the surface of Mars, the agency announced today. NASA scientists say new photos from the rover show rocks that were smoothed and rounded by water. The rocks are in a large canyon and nearby channels that were cut by flowing water, making up an alluvial fan.
After 20 years — and 25 missions to space — the “baby” Space Shuttle has arrived at its final home in Los Angeles. Cameras from 3ality were on hand to document the shuttle’s arrival.