Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Obama administration has picked the most restrictive management plan possible for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
The Alaska Republican says putting half of the reserve off limits to petroleum development denies revenue and jobs to taxpayers when the nation faces record debt and unemployment.
Murkowski issued her statement Monday after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Anchorage unveiled the preferred management proposal for the 23-million acre reserve on Alaska’s North Slope.
Salazar says the proposal balances wildlife protection, subsistence requirements of 40 Alaska Native villages and the nation’s need for additional petroleum.
Salazar says the plan makes the most promising lease areas available for development and includes a route that could be used for a pipeline to move oil from Chukchi (chuk-CHEE’) Sea offshore leases.
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.