space exploration

The Iconic Earthrise Photo that Almost Never Happened

Have you ever had one of those days when almost nothing goes the way you planned and you just want to get away from it all? 

I know, Southwest Airlines has an advertising campaign centered around that same theme, but nevertheless, you know the feeling. 

It turns out, 1968 was an entire year like that. The Vietnam war was raging, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated, and there were riots in many American cities. 

To Lasso an Asteroid

Officially, it’s called the Asteroid Initiative.

The plan was incented by President Barack Obama's call for NASA to send a manned mission to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025, and then aim for flight to Mars in the 2030s.

NASA's initiative offered a number of advantages. It was new and novel; no human had visited an asteroid before. And with very little gravity, the project didn’t require expensive landers and ascent vehicles.