Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BP says it hopes to restart the testing process on the cap it’s put on top of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill now that a leak in the machinery has been fixed.
Kent Wells, a senior vice president in the company, said at a Thursday morning news briefing that the testing of the cap’s capabilities could begin later in the day.
A number of steps have to be carried out before then, including checking the seals on the equipment and moving robotic submersibles back into proper position.
The work was interrupted after a leak was discovered late Wednesday in a line that can funnel oil up to a ship if necessary.
The cap is a stopgap measure designed to keep the oil in the well or funnel it to ships until the relief well is done.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.