Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
According to an Amazon wish-list registry registered to an email account believed to belong to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect was at one time very interested in making fake IDs and learning how to win friends and influence people. He was also brushing up on his Chechnyan and was hoping someone would buy him a copy of Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”
From beginning to end, the wish list spans a period of just 18 months. The most recent entry dates back to July 8, 2007: “Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade and Communicate.” There are also five different books relating to fake ID creation and document fraud — all dated Aug. 27, 2006. And then there’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
Just a few months earlier, Tsarnaev’s ambitions were more historically minded. On June 15, 2006, he added to his wish list a Chechnyan dictionary, “The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule” and “Allah’s Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition.” On the non-Chechnyan front, he craved Suetonius’ “Twelve Caesars,” and Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.”
He was also hoping someone would buy him Guy Ritchie’s movie “Snatch.”
Tsarnaev died in a shootout Thursday night, so we’ll never know if he meant to apply the lessons in Gibbon’s great work of history on imperial decline to modern Russia or the United States, or both. But judging only by this weird online relic, he seems curious, ambitious and kind of dumb: Who puts five books on how to commit document fraud and make fake IDs on their Amazon wish list?
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.