Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
So you know how News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid illegally accessed the voice-mail boxes of the victims of crimes, including a missing girl who’d been killed? There was another missing girl, whose mother was befriended by then News-editor Rebekah Brooks, whose name was not in the notes of News of the World’s private detective: Sarah Payne, who later turned up murdered. Payne’s mother, Sara Payne, was so grateful for the friendship of Brooks that in News of the World’s farewell issue, she wrote a column thanking the staff of the paper.
Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard that they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by the News of the World’s investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who specialised in hacking voicemail.
The evidence relates to a phone given to Sara Payne … by Rebekah Brooks. So, this is, astoundingly, a brand-new low.
Meanwhile, the former staffers of News of the World, all of whom were forced to take the fall for Rebekah Brooks before she resigned (and was arrested), have been offered new News Corp. jobs. In IT, and Siberia, among other unglamorous places.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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.