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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.)
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.