Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Despite the election distraction, many victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey have not recovered. As of yesterday, in New York City 91,000 homes still have no power and residents in storm-battered areas like the Rockaways and Staten Island continue to rely on community relief efforts for hot meals, flashlights, blankets and other vital supplies. As these communities prepare to weather another harsh storm tonight and tomorrow — a nor’easter’s freezing temperatures, 60-mph winds, heavy rain and snow — FEMA has reportedly closed its doors.
DNAinfo reports that the federal agency, which residents of the Rockaways and Staten Island say has already neglected them, had shuttered facilities Wednesday with signs reading “closed due to weather.” “They fly into disaster areas, but flee from raindrops,” commented DNA. A FEMA facility in Staten Island, which was helping victims register for disaster relief, as well as city food distribution centers, was empty as of Wednesday morning. DNA reported:
The front doors of the disaster recovery center, which is housed inside the Mount Lorretto Catholic Youth Organization, were unlocked, but there was no staff anywhere in sight for at least a half an hour.
And a set of buses which served as a pair of warming centers at the site for the past several days were missing, according to non-FEMA volunteers who continued to hand out supplies from a nearby building despite the storm.
Volunteers at a nearby donation distribution center said the buses vanished on Wednesday.
… FEMA spokesman Carter Langston said that the mobile centers were shuttered and staff moved inland because they were not structurally sound enough to weather the storm, which could put their staff in danger.
“Because these are mobile centers, they were shut down for life safety,” Langston said. “As soon as weather permits tomorrow, they’re going to be back in place [possibly by noon].”
The remaining five sites in the city — in Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways and The Bronx — were also closed or in the process of shutting down.
Unlike ahead of Sandy, there have been no mandatory evacuation orders before the new storm. However, Mayor Bloomberg has advised that residents in the low-lying portions of Staten Island and the Rockaways leave the area. For many of Sandy’s worst hit victims, many still stuck without heat or electricity, picking up and leaving might not be so easy.
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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.