Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the White House called some of the nation’s major law enforcement associations with a heads-up that the president would tap Jeh (JAY) Johnson to run the Homeland Security Department, the response on the other end of the line was brief: Who?
The former Pentagon lawyer and longtime Barack Obama supporter is not a household name throughout the 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the country. Those agencies are considered among the Homeland Security Department’s most important partners.
The White House has made Johnson available to police executives for phone calls, and letters of support were promised two weeks after Obama announced the nomination. Getting law enforcement support was critical for the White House, because the department needs their cooperation for its mission to be carried out effectively.
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.