Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Former Vice President Al Gore stressed the significance of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks in remarks Tuesday at McGill university. Gore predicted that, owing to Snowden’s revelations, efforts would materialize to rein in the spy agency’s sprawling surveillance program. He went as far as to suggest that Snowden “has revealed evidence of what appears to be crimes against the Constitution of the United States.”
Via The Canadian Press:
“I think they will have to pull this back,” Gore told a brief question period at McGill University where he delivered the Beaverbrook Annual Lecture. “I think you will see a reining in.”
He said he was not just concerned about overblown efforts in government surveillance but also by corporations who mine the Internet for information on users’ viewing and buying habits so they can target advertising.
“We have a stalker economy,” Gore said.
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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.
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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.