Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
On May 1, American commandos helicoptered into Pakistan and killed an unarmed Osama bin Laden, also killing three other men and one woman in his compound, and wounding at least one other woman. (Only one of the men, according to the Obama administration, had fired at the Americans.)
Now, for just $19.95 plus $7.95 shipping, you can commemorate the events of that day with a special brass, gold-plated “Justice Coin.” These ads — which are apparently real — have been running on various cable channels:
It’s a project of Greenberg Direct, which says that a portion of sales is being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (also a favorite of Glenn Beck’s). I’ve asked the company how much of the profits are going to charity and I’ll update this post if I hear back.
The company’s eponymous founder, Paul Greenberg, lists his “mega hits” in the direct response TV business as the “H20 Mop, Flavorwave Turbo and AbDoer Twist.” His other credits include “Free Money – They Don’t Want You To Know About” and “Tobi Platinum Steamer.”
(Hat tip: Michelle Goldberg)
UPDATE 1/11/12: An official at Revenue Solutions, which makes the Justice Coin, offers this explanation for its relationship with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
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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.