Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Bill Carter, who’s been on the late-night television beat since Jay Leno outmaneuvered David Letterman to take over “The Tonight Show,” reports a new twist in the saga: NBC has made a “commitment,” short of a deal, for “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon to take over the flagship show by fall 2014.
This means that Jay Leno would be out of a job — a situation he’s found himself in before, when he was replaced by Conan O’Brien (who, like Fallon, anchored the 12:35 a.m. “Late Night”). Leno twisted NBC’s arm, then, to give him a show at 10 p.m. (threatening to move and bring his legions of fans to another network), and the low ratings of the prime-time show led to O’Brien’s low ratings. Leno returned months after his farewell “Tonight Show” appearance.
Leno, who lately has been making news for his sharp critiques of NBC’s ratings and executives, is one of the network’s few durable stars; he leads the ratings against David Letterman on CBS and the newly-installed Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.
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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.