Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
On “The Daily Show” Monday night, Jon Stewart took a long, hard look at President Obama’s announcement of NSA reforms (after waking up from a nap brought on by the president’s typical long-windedness, of course).
There were some big ones: For instance, the president announced, the NSA will now only record data from calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist association. Before, all it took was three degrees of separation.
But according to Stewart, that still sounds like an overreach. “What if you call Papa John’s to order a pizza, but it’s the same Papa John’s that a terrorist also called to order pizza?” he asked. “Therefore, you know a guy who knows a terrorist, without knowing it.”
Quibbles aside, Stewart contends that none of this is likely to happen anyway. After all, Obama’s big plan for putting the reforms into effect involves working with Congress. “Maybe after that,” the host quipped, “we can all go out for some unicorn burgers and leprechaun juice.”
Check out his breakdown of the speech:
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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.