Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is bringing a banner year for people in some industries in the Northeast while pushing others toward economic ruin.
The late October storm has triggered spikes in demand for construction work, industrial cleaning, hotel rooms, cars and even Christmas trees.
But the storm also caused a crash in consumer demand. The U.S. government estimates the storm cut wages and salaries by $18.2 billion at an annual rate. The hardest-hit sectors include retailers, gas stations and casinos.
The booms and busts are evident along a beach road in Fairfield, Conn., where landscaping crews are busy at work yet restaurants are struggling to come back.
The storm is so far blamed for about $62 billion in damage and other losses in the U.S.
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.