Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey plans to release new test results from a Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination.
The data to be released Wednesday comes from samples taken in April near Pavillion in central Wyoming. The EPA, Wyoming, USGS and two American Indian tribes collaborated on the sampling.
Fracking is the petroleum industry practice of pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to crack open fissures and boost the flow of oil and gas. Last year, the EPA tested samples from two wells specially drilled to check for contaminants and announced that fracking may have caused groundwater pollution.
Some residents requested the EPA testing, saying their well water turned foul after gas drilling picked up in their neighborhood several years ago.
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.