Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I’ve just made a horrible discovery, one I want to share with you all: Turns out I’ve been living a lie. I wasn’t born in the U.S., as my parents had always sworn I was, but in Kenya. In fact, my parents aren’t even my parents. (Also, I’m 63 years old. That one definitely came as a surprise.)
OK, obviously none of this is true — though I do now have some suspicions. But I was able to make it look that way just now, with a new Web site, the Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator. You just spend a minute filling out a few details, and for your effort you’ll be rewarded with a fake certified copy of a Kenyan birth certificate — just like President Obama’s, which was apparently based on an Australian document.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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.