Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Twenty-three-year-old Joe Cassano was set to follow in the footsteps of his father, New York Fire Department commissioner Salvatore Cassano. That was until the young Cassano sent out a number of racist slurs on Twitter. As the New York Times reported, the FDNY EMT resigned on Monday when the offensive content of his Twitter feed (now deactivated) came to light.
Here’s a few of his choice tweets, as reported by the Times and New York magazine:
“I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
“MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.” [Sent on Martin Luther King Jr. Day]
“News flash to half of the island, ur white! Stop talking like ur a shwoog.” [Check Urban Dictionary, should you need to].
The Times noted that at a news conference on Monday, Mayor Bloomberg said that he “found the messages offensive,” adding, “It is my understanding that he has chosen to resign from the Fire Department and I think that’s the appropriate thing and I’ll leave it there,” the mayor added.
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.