Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology dorm have rolled an upright piano off their roof and watched it smash into another piano below in an annual spring ritual.
The quirky tradition celebrates the last day students can drop classes without having them appear on their college transcript.
About 200 onlookers watched Thursday afternoon as the piano crashed into a second piano, a baby grand, positioned on the ground for a better smash. People scrambled for souvenir pieces — piano keys, hammers, strings and splinters.
Organizers say the tradition began in 1972 at Baker House and became an annual event in 2006.
Broken, donated pianos used for the event, which is coordinated with MIT security and emergency management officials.
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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.