Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Salon readers take on Marco Rubio’s thirst and the Pope’s retirement:
Cuban songbird Rubio, on the wing,
Wet his whistle the better to sing.
But there’s many a slip
Twixt the cup and the lip
And the bottle of Poland Spring.
Wednesday the Pope did decree,
“Lent begins for you and for Me.”
So began the Papal writ,
But soon His Holy quit,
“In March this won’t pertain to Me”
South Portland, Maine
Aghast we all heard from the Pope,
To continue His role, He’d said nope.
A change of His heart,
(Surgery was a part),
Six hundred years broken (we’ll cope.)
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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.