The past four days have seen one of California’s biggest fires in history burning its way toward one of the country’s most beloved national parks. The Rim fire has burned around 160,000 acres so far, including 21,000 acres inside the park.
The images above were taken each night from August 23 to August 26 by NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite. The size of the fire can be clearly seen (especially when compared to familiar nearby cities like Las Vegas, Reno and San Francisco as well as Lake Tahoe in this bigger image, taken by the same satellite).
via See the Huge Rim Fire Move Into Yosemite in These Views From Space – Wired Science.
The project was renamed West Ford, for the neighboring town of Westford, Massachusetts. It wasn’t the first, or even the strangest plan to build a global radio reflector. In 1945, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke suggested that Germany’s V2 rocket arsenal could be repurposed to deploy an array of antennas into geostationary orbit around the Earth. So prescient was Clarke’s vision, today’s communications satellites, residing at these fixed points above the planet, are said to reside in “Clarke Orbit”.
via The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth – Wired Science.