Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is scheduled to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on June 17.
It would be Maduro’s first meeting with the new pope, who has called on Venezuela’s political rivals to work toward reconciliation following the April 14 presidential election that Maduro won by a thin margin.
Both official Vatican News Agency and Venezuelan state news media on Monday reported the planned meeting.
Since taking office, Maduro has continued the frequent professions of Christian faith that were a hallmark of his mentor, the late President Hugo Chavez.
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.