Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Much like how an oil spill can destroy nearby habitats, interfering, at times irrevocably, with life in the areas it touches, a chicken manure spill in southwestern Pennsylvania has run local children out of their community playground. According to the borough parks and recreation committee minutes, picked up by the Associated Press, a dump truck flipped over and spilled the manure uphill from the playground late last month. Now, every time it rains, manure-tainted water flows directly toward the playground.
Despite treating the area with lime, borough workers haven’t been able to bring down the manure’s bacteria count. Salmonella remains prolific, while the kids, being kids, continue to play around the roped-off area. When Councilman Roger Miller asked a worker about the tests, he was told, “You don’t want to know.” So Miller relied on his analysis to make the decision to close the playground indefinitely: “My nose tells me there’s a problem out there,” he said.
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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.