Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
1. Fake Apple of the day: A blogger documents Beijing’s amazingly realistic Apple stores that aren’t really Apple stores. What are they, then? Art project? Knock-off stores selling fake Mac products? An inside joke by Steve Jobs? Who knows!
2. Real Doherty of the day: Shannon Doherty will star in a reality show for WEtv with fiancé Kurt Iswarienko about how hard it is to plan their wedding. You just know she’s doing it to piss off former “90210″ costar Tori Spelling.
3. Out of character of the day: Stephen Colbert plays it straight in this moving “It Gets Better” video.
5. Impressions of the day: All hail, Jim Meskimen, who delivers a monologue from “Richard III” with the voices of 25 different celebrities.
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.