Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
President Barack Obama cemented his reputation as a technologically inclined leader this afternoon when he took to Reddit to answer questions from the raucous Internet community. The series, known as “AMA,” or “Ask Me Anything,” is a long-standing feature of the site that allows registered users to ask the host a question. Past AMA hosts have included celebrities, prominent Internet figures or anyone who might have an interesting perspective to offer.
Obama verified his AMA via twitter and logged onto Reddit a little before 4:30 PM ET:
Hey, everyone: I’ll be taking your questions online today. Ask yours here: OFA.BO/gBof44 -bo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 29, 2012
He then answered questions about the Internet, law school, NASA, his life balance and his favorite basketball player. Here are a few of his answers:
FifthSurprise: What was the most difficult decision that you had to make during this term?
The decision to surge our forces in afghanistan. Any time you send our brave men and women into battle, you know that not everyone will come home safely, and that necessarily weighs heavily on you. The decision did help us blunt the taliban’s momentum, and is allowing us to transition to afghan lead – so we will have recovered that surge at the end of this month, and will end the war at the end of 2014. But knowing of the heroes that have fallen is something you never forget.
daveforamerica: What is the first thing you’ll do on November 7th, win or lose?
Win or lose, I’ll be thanking everybody who is working so hard – especially all the volunteers in field offices all across the country, and the amazing young people in our campaign offices.
karlfranks: Who’s your favourite Basketball player?
Jordan – I’m a Bulls guy.
silent1mezzo: What’s the recipe for the White House’s beer?
It will be out soon! I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty.
Obama signed off, saying “By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience – NOT BAD!”
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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.