Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — An expert panel is recommending that the U.S. customize emergency plans for each of the nation’s 65 nuclear power plants, a suggestion that in some cases could expand the standard 10-mile evacuation zone in place for more than 30 years.
The recommendation from a committee assembled by the American Nuclear Society is part of an analysis set to be released Thursday on last year’s Japanese nuclear disaster.
The panel concludes that U.S. nuclear power oversight is adequate to protect public health and safety, but says emergency zones “should not be based on arbitrary mileage designations.”
While the 10-mile zone can be adjusted during an accident, the experts say emergency plans should account for how each nuclear power plant would react in a disaster before it happens.
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.