Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Lance Armstrong may take a lie detector test to clear his name after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency labeled the cyclist a “serial cheat” who ran “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” the Guardian and other news outlets reported.
Additionally, Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman said he would like to see the 26 witnesses who testified against Armstrong to the Usada take polygraphs as well. “A lie detector test properly administered, I’m a proponent of that frankly, just personally. I wouldn’t challenge the results of a lie detector test with good equipment, properly administered by a qualified technician. That’s a pretty simple answer.”
Herman said Armstrong might not take a lie detector, however, “Because he’s moved on. His name is never going to be clear with anyone beyond what it is today. People are fans, most of the people that I’ve talked to, this is their opinion, it is: ‘We don’t care whether he did or he didn’t.”
Armstrong became the most famous cyclist in the world after he recovered from life-threatening testicular cancer to win the Tour de France seven times in a row, most recently in 2005. During his streak and forever after he’s been dogged by accusations of using banned performance enhancing drugs.
In August of this year he essentially guaranteed that his Tour de France titles would be stripped when he declined to contest the Usada’s arbitration process. Armstrong, who has often repeated that he has never tested positive for a banned substance called the process an “unconstitutional witch hunt” and a distraction.
This week Usada released its 200-page report of evidence against Armstrong including testimony from 11 of his former teammates.
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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.