Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — You thought Barack and Mitt were fierce presidential candidates? Try Ahpun (ah-POON’) the polar bear and Denali the wolf.
The Alaska Zoo, in what it acknowledges is shameless promotion and a fundraiser, is conducting a zoo presidential election between the two predators.
For a buck, you can cast a ballot for the sleek, white bruin or the 6-year-old, 100-pound wolf.
And unlike the national campaign, you can vote as often as you want. In fact, zoo development director Eileen Floyd says that’s encouraged and money from outside interests is welcome.
The candidates met reporters Wednesday at their respective campaign headquarters.
The zoo election will follow the same timeline as the national race. Ballots for Ahpun and Denali can be cast until 8 p.m. Nov. 6.
Alaska Zoo: http://bit.ly/emkz4K
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.