My mum forwarded me an email containing a PowerPoint presentation purporting to be a bunch of images taken by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams while she was up in space.
While space pictures are awesome, as always my first instinct upon receipt was that it was probably bullshit, and so I did a bit of Googling. Turns out at least one of the photos was taken pre-2003 and from a quick Google I did it seems that there’s a bit of dispute about several of the other photos too.
I can’t actually find any authoritative source for any of those photos actually being from Sunita – I haven’t seen them on any of the websites that I visit (with nerdish regularity) that have photos from the Shuttle missions, NASA, etc.
While the pictures are neat and hopefully will encourage people to take more of an interest in getting us off this rock, it serves as yet another reminder not to automatically believe anything you read in your inbox. Or on the Internet. Or in the newspaper, or on the news, or anything anyone tells you, ever.
Edit: I should point out that _some_ of the photos might actually be hers – but I can’t find any proof that they in fact are. All I can find is that at least one of them is probably not hers, which raises doubt over the others.