Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Detroit’s long-awaited RoboCop statue is almost complete. The project started in 2011, after a Twitter user asked Detroit’s Mayor Dave Bing to build a statue of the fictitious sci-fi hero as an “ambassador of Detroit” that could rival Philadelphia’s Rocky statue. Though Bing responded saying the city had no plans to erect a statue, artist Brandon Walley launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project. The Internet quickly rallied behind him, raising more than $60,000.
Now, two years later, a ten foot tall RoboCop prototype stands proudly, waiting to be cast in bronze. According to the Kickstarter page, “what you’re seeing in these pictures is pretty much exactly how he’ll look.” The statue is expected to be erected in 2014:
Now maybe someone can start a Kickstarter campaign to save the entire city of Detroit.
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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.