Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Former University of California, Davis, officer John Pike — better known as “pepper-spray cop” — became a viral online meme after he was videoed and pictured wantonly spraying pepper gas in the faces of Occupy protesters on the Davis campus as they sat passively in a row.
Now pepper-spray cop will receive in workers’ compensation a settlement higher than the sums received from the university by each of his victims. Pike — whose actions lost him his job following an inquiry — was awarded a $38,000 settlement for “psychiatric injuries” incurred from his treatment following the incident (in which, I repeat, he showered a row of sitting young people with excruciating gas). U.C. Davis awarded $1 million to 21 plaintiffs, which, following the payout of legal fees, has left each student with $30,000 — $8,000 less than their aggressor will receive.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
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.