Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It’s Alaska’s version of the Powerball, but the winning ticket holders won’t be known until next week.
There’s no lottery in Alaska, so the state’s most popular guessing game is the Nenana Ice Classic.
People pay $2.50 an entry to guess when the ice will go out on the Tanana River in Nenana and tip the tripod placed on the ice.
The ice went out at 7:39 p.m. Monday at this community about an hour south of Fairbanks. It was early this year.
Entries are being tabulated, and manager Cherrie Forness estimates it will be early next week when the winner is known.
The board of directors will meet Thursday night to determine this year’s jackpot. Last year, 22 winners equally split $338,062.
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.