Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
News of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation rocked the Twitterverse this morning. Saying, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise,” Pope Benedict will be the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.
Here’s a round up of the shock, the speculation and the obligatory jokes.
My #Vatican sources have been saying for years pope might resign. Lombardi says he wasn't "totally surprised"— Rachel Donadio — NYT (@RachelDonadio) February 11, 2013
Reporter Josephine McKenna @MorningEdition: Church officials "shocked" by Benedict's resignation; no "precedent for this in the modern era."— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) February 11, 2013
What's a Twitter account for if you can't drop bombshell news on it? @Pontifex is silent on Pope's resignation.— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict was profoundly conservative, but this is a bold, non-traditional departure. I hope it leads to more change.— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 11, 2013
Call me crazy, but I think the next Pope should be someone who didn't help cover up child rape.Tho,that may disqualify every single cardinal— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 11, 2013
What Catholics are saying at Mass about the Pope's decision to retire http://t.co/PGwgQiGw— Philly Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) February 11, 2013
Then came the reactions that Jamil Smith summed up nicely:
Rumors of a black pope, requisite Obama comparisons, inappropriate papal name jokes, and conservative panic -- coming soon to your Internet!— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 11, 2013
Would be brilliant if next Pope was from were the majority of Catholics live: Africa! The betting begins: http://t.co/kZc8HigV— Lara Whyte (@LaraWhyte) February 11, 2013
Obama for Pope? I mean, it's only slightly more outlandish than winning the Nobel Peace Prize after a few weeks in office.— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 11, 2013
The Pope retiring at 85. Only two more years and he'd have gotten Medicare under the Ryan Budget.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 11, 2013
RATZ ALL, FOLKS— max read (@max_read) February 11, 2013
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.