Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Over in the UK, controversy has erupted over the controlled shooting of 5,000 badgers in an attempt to halt the spread of bovine TB. Among those arguing that the planned measure is inhumane is Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, who turned an Internet meme into a chart-topping protest song.
The song, which May recorded with the website Weebl, features vocals by Brian Blessed — Prince Volton from the 1980s film “Flash Gordon.” “Brian May is absolutely inspirational and together we will beat the dark forces and save the badgers,” Blessed told The Guardian.
As of today, “Save the Badger Badger Badger” made the top 40 in iTunes’ download chart and is the store’s number one rock download. What it lacks in musical sophistication, it makes up for in persistence — the best way to keep the issue in the forefront of people’s minds, the thinking seems to be, is to make sure they can’t get it out of their heads:
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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.