Daily Archives: 24 May 2013

Brooklyn Bridge Turns 130

Walking the bridge 1930

When the Brooklyn Bridge opened on 24 May 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a main span of 1595.5 feet, and its towers, built of granite and limestone, were the tallest manmade structures in North America rising 270 feet above the water.  27 workers died while building the first bridge to span the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Pavlof from Space

Pavlof from ISS

Here is a great picture of the erupting Pavlof Volcano taken from the International Space Station. ¬†Pavlof Sister is clearly visible in this shot: it’s the snow covered peak to the right of the ornery Pavlof.

Photo courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory