Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Speaking in Washington Tuesday, the top U.S. cyber-defense official, Gen. Keith Alexander, said hackers are upping the intensity of their attacks.
“We are seeing the threat grow from exploitation to disruption to destruction,” Alexander told a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He warned that attacks could impact organizations ranging from stock markets to power grid operators. “Think about a company that loses all the data on its system … If you wipe out the data, you wipe out the ability of the system to operate,” he said.
The cyber-chief recommended the implementation of an information sharing system between the private sector and the government — the very sort of legislation that failed early this year in Congress.
Hackers with their sights on major corporations and institutions will no doubt take Alexander’s compliment with a pinch of “lulz.”
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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.