Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
CHICAGO (AP) — Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, is helping lead Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Thousands watched as the parade with beating drums and a teenage rock band marched along an avenue near the lakefront. The crowd cheered as each float went by, including a shamrock-shaped one that carried the rock band and another loaded with traditional Irish dancers.
Kenny said earlier Saturday it was a privilege to participate in the parade. He praised Chicago, with its large Irish population, for being so open and receptive to immigrants.
The parade followed another Chicago St. Patrick’s Day tradition: dyeing the city’s river a bright emerald green.
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.