Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Cyclone Phailin’s reputation precedes itself. As the vast cyclone approaches eastern India, tens of thousands have abandoned their coastal homes to take shelter while officials canceled holy day celebrations and began to stockpile supplies. It’s expected to strike sometime Saturday evening.
Using trucks and buses, authorities evacuated 40,000 people from 40 villages to government-run shelters, schools and buildings in five districts of Orissa state, said Surya Narayan Patra, the state revenue and disaster management minister.
Patra said authorities plan to take another 100,000 people to safer areas before the cyclone hits.
“No one will be allowed to stay in mud and thatched houses in the coastal areas,” he said.
To put the anticipated impact into context, some forecasters say Phailin’s about equal in size and intensity to Hurricane Katrina. For those about to be hit, it might call up instead memories of the 1999 cyclone that killed 10,000 people in Orissa. ”Phailin will be no less than the 1999 super cyclone,” Odisha state’s special relief commissioner told Reuters. This time, state officials say, they’re better prepared.
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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.