Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Stocks are opening slightly lower despite a government report that the unemployment rate dropped in December to the lowest level in nearly three years.
The Labor Department said early Friday that the unemployment rate fell last month to 8.5 percent, while U.S. employers added a net 200,000 jobs.
It was the latest in a string of positive signs about the labor market. The economy has generated 100,000 or more jobs each month for the past six — the longest such streak since April 2006.
The Dow Jones industrial average is down 21 points, or 0.2 percent, at 12,395 shortly after the opening bell. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down 2, or 0.1 percent, at 1,279. The Nasdaq composite index is down 2, or 0.1 percent, at 2,667.
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.