Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market had its worst drop this year as prices for oil and other commodities fell sharply on concerns about slowing growth in China.
Oil fell to a four-month low, dragging down energy stocks. Mining companies sank after gold had its biggest one-day drop since 1983.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 265 points to close at 14,599 Monday. The 1.8 percent drop was its worst since November.
Other indexes fell even more.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 36 points to 1,552, or 2.3 percent. The Nasdaq fell 78 points, 2.4 percent, to 3,216. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks plunged 3.8 percent to 907.20.
Seven stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was heavy at 4.6 billion shares.
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.