Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has a long history of maple syrup production and fiercely protects the purity of its brand with grades called “fancy,” ”grade A dark amber” and “grade B.”
But other states use different grading terminology. To avoid confusing consumers, it’s considering joining with other syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces in a standard grading system. The system would also give flavor descriptions intended to give more information to consumers.
But some Vermont producers worry the state’s vaunted brand will lose its reputation if it doesn’t stand out from the rest — as they say it should.
The USDA plans to adopt the new terms in 2013. Vermont will hold a series of public hearings this month, and then the state agriculture secretary will decide whether to adopt the standards.
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.