Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW DELHI (AP) — India is preparing to celebrate a full year without any reported cases of polio. The milestone Friday is a major victory in a global eradication effort that appeared to be stalled just a few years ago.
If no previously undisclosed cases of the crippling disease are discovered across the country, India will no longer be considered a polio endemic country. That leaves just Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria on that list.
The achievement gives a major boost to health advocates and donors who had begun to lose hope of defeating the stubborn disease that the world had promised to eradicate by 2000.
It also helps India shed its embarrassing association with a disease linked to poverty.
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.