Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is preparing to give victims, historians and engineers a chance to claim some of the crumpled steel from the deadly 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge before the rest is sold for scrap.
Aug. 1 will mark the six-year anniversary of when the bridge buckled and fell into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour in Minneapolis, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation had to store the steel beams and plates until all the legal claims could be resolved.
The Minnesota House is poised to vote Monday on a bill to give the department months to parcel out free pieces to victims’ families, collapse survivors, the state historical society and others. The bill also awaits Senate action.
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.