Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As more police departments are acquiring UAVs to help them with law enforcement, more than 40 states are considering legislation that would regulate the use of domestic drones.
According to a survey by Westlaw, the most common legislation being considered by states would require warrants before police can use drones — though North Carolina, Utah and Virginia “called for the investigation of, or express concern for, the authorized use of drones against U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.”
The Wall Street Journal reports on more of the findings:
Across the nation:
* 20 states have proposed or established privacy rights of action for those aggrieved by violations of drone rules;
* 17 have laws or bills banning “weaponized” drones;
* 17 have proposed or carved out emergency exceptions for drone use; and
* 16 have introduced or enacted laws making it a crime to violate drone statutes.
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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.