Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is slated to air a 30-second Super Bowl ad in the Washington, D.C., area.
The ad, calling for mandatory background checks on all gun sales, uses footage of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre to make its case.
“We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show,” LaPierre can be seen saying in May of 1999, only a month after the mass shooting at Columbine High School. “No loopholes anywhere for anyone.”
LaPierre has since reversed course on background checks, calling them “an unworkable universal federal nightmare bureaucracy” while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
The ad will air during the third-quarter break of the Super Bowl, but is available online for those outside of the D.C. metro area.
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.