Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
PHOENIX (AP) — Records obtained by The Associated Press provide a glimpse into the difficult attempts to reach 19 firefighters who died battling an Arizona blaze last month and the gruesome scene at the site.
According to reports from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, rescue personnel found a scene of sheer devastation described as a “moonscape.”
The heat was so intense only the metal part of one chain saw was found, and just the head of a pickax was discovered near the men’s bodies.
Pilots first reported that thick smoke, intense heat and blowing ash were making it too difficult to land near the site. Once the helicopter was able to touch down, rescue personnel found the firefighters “burned beyond recognition.”
The blaze ended up destroying more than 100 homes before it was fully contained on July 10.
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.