Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government study says wealthier households benefit significantly more than lower earners from big tax breaks such as deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving.
The Congressional Budget Office says more than half the benefits of 10 major tax breaks go to the one-fifth of U.S. households at the top of the income scale.
The top 1 percent of earners reap 17 percent of these tax breaks. Those breaks also include preferential treatment of investment income and the deduction for sales and income taxes paid to state and local governments.
Other breaks, such as the per-child tax credit of up to $1,000 and the earned income tax credit claimed by low-income households, generally benefit those in lower income ranges.
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.