Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As Salon noted Tuesday, in a communiqué decrying the President Obama’s civil liberties record, Anonymous had threatened to disrupt the online feeds broadcasting the State of the Union address. However, the White House livestreams worked without a hitch for the entirety of Obama’s Tuesday night speech.
No statements have been issued as of yet about the failed #OpSOTU, but a number of comments on Twitter asked whether Anons who would have otherwise contributed to the operation were distracted watching live footage of ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner’s last stand in Big Bear while the president delivered his address.
Anonymous had vowed to block the webcast in protest of Obama’s signing of the NDAA, his drone program, the proliferation of government warrantless wiretapping, the treatment of Bradley Manning and the introduction of cyber-security legislation in the House, which the hacker collective said would turn “private companies into government informants.”
During his State of the Union address, Obama announced an executive order on cybersecurity, which may reduce pressure in Congress to push forward with the controversial CISPA bill. According to CNet, the executive order doesn’t appear to include CISPA’s most contentious aspects, namely it doesn’t “rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with intelligence agencies without oversight.” However, the president has also given support to Congress to reintroduce CISPA on Wednesday.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
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.