Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It has been almost a year since Jason Collins came out in a profile in Sports Illustrated. In that same piece, Collins also revealed that he wears his No. 98 jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in 1998 for being gay.
On Thursday, Collins, now the first active openly gay player in the NBA, met with Shepard’s family following an away game against the Denver Nuggets.
“It was great,” Judy Shepard said of the meeting, according to a report from the Associated Press. “It was all great. He’s very kind, smart, humble. It was delightful. We were happy to finally have the opportunity to meet.”
Collins gave them a signed No. 98 jersey during the meeting, which Judy said was “very sweet, very genuine and very thoughtful.”
“I did not want to give them a sweaty jersey,” Collins said with a laugh when asked if the jersey was used. “This is a backup.”
Collins tweeted a photo of the meeting:
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.