Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has denied a request from Central Valley farmers to temporarily block California’s ambitious high-speed rail project.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley on Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction to halt the $68 billion infrastructure project.
Groups representing Central Valley farmers claim that the California High-Speed Rail Authority should have to halt all planning and engineering work because the state violated environmental laws.
The judge ruled that “the authority acted reasonably and in good faith” in considering the project’s impact.
The rail authority’s chairman, Dan Richard, says the judge’s decision “ensures that we can continue to move forward” on building the first 65-mile section from Merced to Fresno.
While Frawley denied the farmers’ request for an injunction, the lawsuit still will be heard on its merits.
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.