Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) — A U.S.-based broadcasting operation is offering a different kind of news coverage for the election of a new pope.
Eternal Word Television Network isn’t just discussing Vatican politics and the U.S. church as the conclave convenes. It’s talking about how the new pope might affect worship services, and the need for prayer during the selection process.
The Roman Catholic media empire is based in suburban Birmingham, Ala.
Chief executive Michael Warsaw says the network has about 50 employees in Rome for the conclave, and it will broadcast extensive coverage of the papal election both on TV and its radio network, plus websites.
A researcher says surveys show about 5 million U.S. Catholics watch “Pope TV” at least once every six months. Its television programming is available in some 225 million households worldwide.
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.