Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Much as in real life, a cat’s killer instincts bested its foes: A robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar all lost out to their feline competition in a contest to be the next Monopoly game piece.
Fans from more than 120 countries voted on which of the eight tokens to add and which one to toss, with the cat coming out on top. Sadly, the iron came in last place and is now being retired. Goodbye, iron!
“Tokens are always a key part of the Monopoly game… and our fans are very passionate about their tokens, about which token they use while they play,” Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president for Hasbro gaming marketing, told the New York Daily News.
The cat will be joining the racecar, Scottie dog, a shoe, thimble, top hat, wheelbarrow and battleship as the newest game piece to pass “Go.”
The best part? Now players can kill downtime between turns (Monopoly is a slow game, am I right?) by doing cute stuff like putting the top hat on the cat or maybe pretending the cat and Scottie dog are chasing each other around the board! Or perhaps commander kitty could send the battleship to war against a rebel sect of those bouncy cat toys that look like fishing poles?
Really, this is great news all around. Congratulations, tiny cat! And to all real life cats: Today is your day. Hold your cat heads high!
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.