Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The price of oil edged up to near $92 a barrel on Tuesday as an improvement in U.S. consumer spending raised hopes for a stronger economic recovery.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 12 cents at $91.97 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract finished Monday down 1 cent at $91.85 in New York.
In London, Brent crude slipped 47 cents to $115.33 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
The U.S. Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent last month. That follows a 1.2 percent increase in August. They were the largest gains in two years, driven by auto sales and the release of the iPhone 5.
The numbers added to optimism about an economic recovery in the United States, a big energy consumer.
Oil prices have been volatile in recent days, not always tracking other financial markets. Analysts attributed this to speculative trading.
“There are no reasons for this strange price behavior, and no news to explain it,” said a report from Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “Once again, it is apparent that the oil market is currently being driven by speculation and too much ‘hot money’”
In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:
— Natural gas rose 1.9 cents to $3.505 per 1,000 cubic feet.
— Heating oil dropped 0.21 cent to $3.207 a gallon.
— Wholesale gasoline added 1.14 cents to $2.8107 per gallon.
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.