Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A frog that can perch on the tip of your pinkie with room to spare has been claimed as the world’s smallest vertebrate, out-tinying a fish that got the title in 2006. But a scientist who found another weensy fish disputes both claims.
The adult frogs are about three-tenths of an inch long, and a millimeter or so smaller than a carp found in Sumatra.
An article Wednesday in the journal PLoS One named Paedophryne amauensis (pee-doh-FRY-nee AM-OW-en-sis) as the world’s smallest animal with a spine. But a University of Washington scientist says a male anglerfish he found in 2006 is even smaller.
Louisiana State University scientist Christopher Austin, who found the frogs, says he was comparing average species size — and the 1.8-inch female anglerfish is comparatively huge.
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.