Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, from Syracuse suburb Fayetteville, has emerged as the winner of Sunday night’s Miss America 2014 pageant. She has become the second consecutive pageant winner from the state, following Mallory Hagan in 2013, and the first woman of Indian descent to win the title.
Despite several fumbles — Davuluri missed her cue to come out on stage, and accidentally clapped for herself during the talent portion of the competition — the 24-year-old impressed judges with a Bollywood fusion dance routine:
Davuluri, who hopes to go to medical school, plans to use her new platform to promote diversity. “I’m most excited to promote my platform, I was the first Indian Miss New York and I’m so proud to be the first Indian Miss America,” she said.
The AP reports that Davuluri’s was to visit New Jersey’s Seaside Heights and Seaside Park on Monday, damaged by a large fire last week. The visit has been postponed, however “after learning that Gov. Chris Christie was making cabinet officials available at that same time to business owners victimized by the fire.”
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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.