Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tiny pieces of California Gold Rush history fetched big bucks at a Reno auction of Western Americana.
Holabird-Kagin Americana reports the Jack Totheroh (Toth-uh-row) Collection of 200 gold coins privately issued in San Francisco in the 1850s sold for $865,000 — more than two times above the estimate of $360,000.
The Reno-based company, which staged last week’s auction, says the Bergen-Istvan Collection of nearly 50 similar gold coins went for $252,000 — above the estimate of $162,000.
According to historians, the coins in 25 cent, 50 cent and dollar denominations were struck by jewelers from 1852 to 1857 when there was a shortage of small change in California.
Historians say while banks apparently didn’t accept them, they were used at some San Francisco businesses.
Both collections were split up and sold to different buyers.
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.