Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman says U.S. officials have agreed to the main provisions of a new agreement that would allow Americans to begin adopting Russian children again, but that more time is needed for technical details.
Adoptions in Russia became a highly emotional issue after a Tennessee adoptive mother sent her 7-year-old boy back to Russia unaccompanied in April. As a result, new adoptions by U.S. parents virtually stopped.
Children’s rights advocate Pavel Astakhov said Thursday that U.S. negotiators have agreed to Russia’s demand to make the agreement be retroactive so that it affects children already adopted and the adoptive parents.
Astakhov says U.S. officials will need time to coordinate the new agreement with the state laws.
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.