Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A skyscraper-sized game of “Pong” got underway without a hitch Friday night, under starry skies and not rainclouds that were in the forecast.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the classic Atari video game played on the facade of a mirrored, 29-story skyscraper. Hundreds of built-in LED lights embedded in the north face of the Cira Centre replicated the familiar paddles and ball with gamers controlling giant, table-mounted joysticks across the Schuylkill River from the building.
Frank Lee, a Drexel University game-design professor behind the concept, was among the players young and old who tried their hand at the mega-sized video game.
It just might be the world’s largest “Pong” game, being played Friday and Wednesday to bookend Philly Tech Week, an annual series of events, seminars and workshops spotlighting the city’s technology and innovation communities.
The black-and-white arcade game introduced in 1972 had no complicated graphics, just geometric shapes. Players controlled digital paddles and tried to hit the ball so their opponents could not return it. A home version paved the way for the game console industry.
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.