Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Transportation Security Administration says it’s installing new technology in some U.S. airports so when a traveler goes through checkpoint security, a generic outline of a person’s body will be shown instead of the image of a naked body.
The agency says the change is intended to protect travelers’ privacy rights while securing commercial air travel. It will be used in 40 airports, including in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami and Newark.
The new software is designed to recognize items on the passenger that could pose a security threat.
The agency plans to eventually use this technology for more machines at more airports.
The whole body imaging machines have sparked outrage among passengers and privacy advocates because they reveal images of naked bodies.
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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.