Ship Iran building looks familiar
Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that U.S. officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value. Intelligence analysts studying satellite photos of Iranian military installations first noticed the vessel rising from the Gachin shipyard, near Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, last summer. The ship has the same distinctive shape and style of the Navy's Nimitz-class carriers, as well as the USS Nimitz's No. 68 neatly painted in white near the bow. Mock aircraft can be seen on the flight deck. The Iranian mock-up, which U.S. officials described as more like a barge than a warship, has no nuclear propulsion system and is about two-thirds the length of a typical 1,100-foot-long Navy carrier.
portrait reveals milky way details
A team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360-degree portrait of the Milky Way that reveals never-seen-before details of our galaxy. It is made up of about 2.5 million infrared images collected by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope. Scientists can now clearly examine the structure of the Milky Way.