Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Steven Chu is ending his tenure after four years and three months. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman will serve as acting secretary beginning Tuesday and serve until a successor is sworn in.
President Barack Obama has nominated physics professor Ernest Moniz to succeed Chu. A Senate vote on Moniz’s nomination could come as soon as this week.
Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics, announced his resignation in February. As energy secretary, he was credited with boosting renewable energy such as wind and solar power, but was criticized for his handling of a half-billion-dollar federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, which later went bankrupt, laying off 1,100 workers.
Poneman has been deputy secretary since 2009. He also serves as the department’s chief operating officer.
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.