Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Manhattan’s darkened skyline, now symbolic of Sandy’s destructive force, could remain without lights for days. The New York Times reported that according to a Con Ed statement Tuesday, “Much of Manhattan below Midtown could be without electricity for several days after an explosion at a substation on the East River on Monday night.”
As Salon noted Monday night, the explosion knocked out power for 230,000 to 250,000 residents in parts of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Times updated information on the blast Tuesday:
In the two hours before the explosion, Con Edison officials purposefully turned off all power to two small sections of the financial district in Lower Manhattan and in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. Power to those areas could be restored in three or four days after utility crews pump out floodwater and dry and repair equipment below ground, said Bob McGee, a spokesman for Con Edison. But he said it may take longer to restore power to customers whose service was interrupted by the explosion.
John Miksad, the company’s senior vice president for electric operations, said, “This is the largest storm-related outage in our history.”
Con Edison officials believed the explosion was caused by water flooding the substation but had not ruled out flying debris, the spokesman said.
Watch a video of the blast, believed to be caused by flooding or possibly flying debris:
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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.