Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of child-welfare experts says fewer children would be stuck in foster care if state authorities reduced red tape and standardized procedures nationwide to encourage more adoptions by out-of-state families.
The coalition is issuing a report proposing steps to reduce some of the barriers.
One proposal would be to standardize the home study courses required of parents seeking to adopt. At present, home studies vary widely and some states don’t accept the preparations made by families in others.
Another proposal is to adjust the federal incentive policy so both the sending and receiving states are rewarded for interstate adoptions. The report says the current system rewards the sending state for finalizing an adoption, while the receiving state may not get compensated for costs of recruitment and post-adoption support.
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.