Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BOSTON (AP) — Internal documents indicate Federal Aviation Administration employees felt political pressure to approve a wind farm planned off Cape Cod.
The papers, obtained by opponents of the Cape Wind project, indicate it was approved amid internal disagreement over the best way to stop the turbines from interfering with radar and compromising airplane safety.
One FAA engineer wrote he doubted air traffic control could stop certain small aircraft flying nearby from hitting a turbine.
But the FAA says employee opinions expressed in internal documents aren’t agency policy. It says its evaluations on how obstructions will affect air traffic are based on safety and the available ways to reduce risks.
A Cape Wind spokesman says extensive FAA review in the 11 years since the project was proposed shows it doesn’t pose aviation hazards.
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.