Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
George Burnett, owner of a smoothie and juice bar in Vernal, on the Utah/Colorado border, has an unusual charging policy. Self-identifying liberal patrons of the I Love Drilling smoothie bar are charged $1 extra for drinks, money that Burnett donates to conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation.
“We have a fiscal problem in this country. We’ve got to deal with it or we don’t have a country, so to kind of help make that point, just a little bit, I charge (liberals) just a little bit more,” said conservative Burnett. His policy has received a dose of online criticism, but all three open liberals he has encountered in his shop have paid the fee.
“We had a husband and wife come in, he was conservative and she was liberal, and he paid conservative for himself and liberal for her,” said Burnett. Vernal, reported local KSL news station, is a community “getting its first glimpse of another oil and gas bust.”
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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.