Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
If you thought 100 days of baby pandas were cute, wait until you meet Lily, the Oregon Zoo’s not-so-little elephant. In honor of the young pachyderm’s first birthday, the zoo released a compilation of her best baby videos. Major moments include her early, wobbly steps, meeting her father for the first time and the day she finally hit 1,000 pounds.
Lily was also presented with a birthday cake, which she was free to either eat or roll around in. We can only hope that video is forthcoming.
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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.