Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance say passengers are getting grumpier, and it’s little wonder.
Carriers keep shrinking the size of seats in order to stuff more people into their planes. Empty middle seats that might provide a little more room have vanished. And more travelers who have bought tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked.
A report being released Monday says consumer complaints to the Transportation Department surged 20 percent last year even though airlines have been doing a better job by other measures, like on-time arrivals and mishandled baggage.
In recent years some airlines have shifted to larger planes that can carry more people, but that hasn’t been enough to make up for an overall reduction in flights.
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.