Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In a press conference this morning, Mayor Bloomberg issued mandatory evacuations for New York residents who live in evacuation Zone A, which includes coastal areas in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens, as well as the closing of all public schools on Monday. Bloomberg described Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit landfall on the East Coast in the next two days, as “a serious and dangerous storm” and warned that gale-force winds will start as early as this evening. New York City parks and marinas will be closed at 5 p.m. today. The last subway train runs at 7 p.m., and last bus at 9 p.m.
Of Zone A residents who choose not to leave, Bloomberg said, “They’re not going to get arrested, but they are being very selfish.” For those not in Zone A, Bloomberg said, ”The safest place to be is indoors.”
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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.