Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BOSTON (AP) — The so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement apparently is boosting investor confidence. The flow of cash into stock mutual funds during the first week of 2013 was the largest in more than 11 years.
Fund tracker Lipper says that U.S. stock funds as well as funds investing in foreign stocks attracted a total $7.5 billion in net deposits during the weeklong period ended Wednesday. That’s the largest total since the week ended May 2, 2001.
The latest period’s total was far larger, factoring in the $10.8 billion in net deposits to exchange-traded funds investing in stocks.
Lipper analyst Tom Roseen says the Jan. 1 deal between Congress and the White House to limit tax increases and delay automatic spending cuts encouraged investors to put their money to work in the market.
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.