Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
First it was the Sharknado, now it is sharks that can walk – under the sea that is.
A new species of shark has been discovered in Indonesia that can “walk” on the ocean floor.
Well, the Hemiscyllium halmahera doesn’t exactly walk but rather waddles along, wiggling its fins.
Hemiscyllium halmahera, also known as bamboo sharks, grow to about 28 inches in length – relatively small for their species.
Given how small it is, it’s not dangerous to people.
Here’s a description by biologist Dr Gerald Allen, from Conservation International, who discovered the shark with his team:
“The new species is clearly differentiated on the basis of colour pattern.
“Its features include a general brown colouration with numerous clusters of mainly 2-3 dark polygonal spots, widely scattered white spots in the matrix between dark clusters.”
Some suggest that it could provide clues as to how creatures evolved from the seas to walking on land.
The findings were published in the aqua: International Journal of Ichthyology.
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.