This Photo: Real Rocket Science or Space Odyssey?


What are we looking at here? Space Frontiers/Archive Photos/Getty Images

This crazy image instantly summons thoughts of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and such related cinematic cosmic ventures as "Sunshine" and "Solaris."

But it's actually a photo from the real world of rocket science. Specifically, we see here a 1985 glance inside a Space Shuttle external fuel tank. The two figures you see are technicians. Personally, I'd still frame it and put it on my wall.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.