Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.
The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly because the details haven’t been finalized. The official confirms that the administration will use the money to cover costs to repair bridges, tunnels subways and commuter rail lines. It will also help rebuild homes and apartments, reimburse local governments for emergency services and make loans and grants to businesses.
The plan was first reported by The New York Times. It’s based on an estimated $50 billion in damages and would help cover the cost of improvements like a power grid meant to improve utilities’ ability to find and fix outages and upgrade New York City’s gasoline supply capacity.
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.