Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ancestry.com says it has found evidence that President Barack Obama could be a descendent of an African slave.
Obama’s black father is from Kenya and his white mother is from Kansas. It has been reported repeatedly in the past that Obama’s ancestors were not slaves.
The Utah-based Ancestry.com now says a team of researchers found his mother’s mixed-race family line appears to trace back to one of the first documented African slaves in the U.S.
The company says Obama could be the 11th great-grandson of an African slave in colonial Virginia.
The Ancestry.com team used DNA analysis, marriage and property records to trace Obama’s maternal ancestry. The company says two years of effort hasn’t established a definitive link because of gaps in family history. The White House declined comment Monday.
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.