Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The basic contours of news coming out of Hawaii are familiar: a brown plume was spotted Monday in Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon. Upon investigation, a leak was found in a pipeline. Health officials are warming swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water as cleanup crews work to collect hundreds of dead fish. And experts are watching closely for further environmental damage from the 233,000 gallon spill.
The one difference? They’re not dealing with oil, but molasses. And in some ways, that’s just as bad. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the refined sugar doesn’t pose a direct threat to humans, but it’s polluting the harbor’s waters. The molasses is too thick for fish to breathe through, and thousands more are expected to die.
Worse yet, it may start attracting sharks.
The shipping company successfully plugged the leak Tuesday. It’s possible the state will fine them for violating the Clean Water Act down the line. For now, though, efforts are being concentrated on testing fish and water samples to measure the extend of the contamination.
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
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.