Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Carrie Prejean is keeping her crown — at least for now. Despite all the hype ahead of Monday’s press conference, Miss California USA pageant officials left the final decision to Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization.
But — wait! — state pageant officials Shanna Lynn Moakler and Keith Lewis did wield what little power they have under Mr. You’re Fired: The pair railed against Prejean for lying about nudie pics from her past, campaigning for the National Organization for Marriage and making herself unavailable for pageant appearances — and then announced that Tami Farrell, first runner-up to Prejean, will act as something of a Miss California stand-in. In short: Carrie Prejean still has the title, but her understudy will be playing the part.
Farrell is officially the ambassador for the Beauty of California Campaign, which released a PSA starring former and current title holders. In the spot, the beauties recite trite lines like, “Every American has a right to their own opinion” — and then comes the big “but” — “when I express my opinion I have the responsibility to do it with respect” and “I believe in love.” OMG, total dig toward Miss Anti-Gay Marriage!
I’ll be tuning in for Trump’s press conference Tuesday, when he’ll make the final final announcement about Prejean’s fate. But it seems that no matter the official verdict, Miss California has been replaced.
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.