Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping up efforts to fight distracted driving and is pressuring states to ban texting and hand-held cellphone use by drivers.
LaHood calls the problem “a national epidemic,” saying studies show distracted driving is particularly acute among teenage and young adult drivers.
He also announced Thursday the government will award $2.4 million to Delaware and California for pilot projects to combine more police enforcement with publicity campaigns against distracted driving.
Speaking at a news conference, he said similar pilot projects in Syracuse, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., were shown to successfully curb distracted driving.
LaHood said he wants automakers to back voluntary government guidelines to ensure dashboard technologies won’t distract drivers.
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.