Viking and NASA collaboration stirs controversy

Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University, was looking for an unusual photo shoot when he connected NASA's Ames Research Center with a local group of Viking re-enactors. The results were amazing photos... and an investigation by a member of the United States Senate.

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel interviewed photographer Ved Chirayath about his project - where no tax dollars were used. Jack Garrett, from the Vikings of Bjornstad, said, "From a Viking standpoint, there wasn't much pillaging involved. The full extent of our compensation was some greeting cards that Ved had made of his own photographs, and some bottled water."

Photos from the shoot may be viewed on the Vikings of Bjornstad website.