Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Speaking from a Safeway supermarket distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Tuesday, President Obama is expected to announce a new round of EPA regulations aimed at limiting truck tailpipe emissions over the next two years. From the Associated Press:
The new round of fuel-efficiency standards would follow similar rules that have been finalized for the 2014-18 model years of that category of vehicles.
Under those standards, vehicle owners and operators stand to save $50 billion in fuel costs and use 530 million fewer barrels of oil, according to a White House fact sheet. Reduced fuel consumption from more fuel-efficient vehicles also means a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases that are blamed for the gradual rise in the Earth’s temperature.
Obama also was expected to announce that he’s ordering the Energy Department to provide companies that want to join an existing public-private partnership that was created to help speed up the introduction of clean, energy-efficient vehicles with specialized resources and the technical expertise they need to increase fuel efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
Obama will also be trying, once again, to get Congress to work with him on related issues, re-requesting a $4 billion cut in the annual tax breaks awarded to the oil and gas industry. Some of that money would instead be used to research and develop alternative, energy-efficient vehicles. It’s unlikely that Congress, which rejected the idea the first time around, will agree to the idea.
Still, as the New York Times points out, this is third significant effort the Obama administration has taken on climate change in just five days: On Friday, Obama announced that he’ll be asking Congress to back a $1 billion “climate resiliency” fund to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change that are already being experienced, and on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry asked Indonesia to sign a major climate treaty committed to cutting carbon pollution.
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.