Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
American rock and roller Chubby Checker is in a twist over a web app that bares his name.
The “Chubby Checker” is an app for Hewlett-Packard’s Palm OS platform that advertises itself thusly, “Any of you ladies out there just start seeing someone new and wondering what the size of there [sic] member is?… All you need to do is find out the man’s shoe size and plug it in and… there is no need for disappointment or surprise.”
A press release from Checker’s lawyer summarizes the singer’s considerable displeasure:
The “app” adversely affects Chubby Checker’s brand and value and if allowed to continue, will cause serious damage to the Plaintiff’s goodwill and will tarnish his image that he has worked to maintain over the last 50 years…
This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time.
Also in the release is the complaint that the defendants responsible for the app should not “enjoy profits to which they are not entitled.”
And what about those profits? As noted in a report from TCPalm, the $0.99 web app has been downloaded a total of 84 times since 2010, which makes the lawsuit itself bigger news than the slanderous erection-predictor.
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.