Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The CIA has released its investigation into the agency’s role in Peru’s 2001 shootdown of a plane carrying two innocent Americans.
CIA Director Leon Panetta says 16 retired and current officers have received administrative punishments over the incident, in which American missionary Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter were killed.
The report concludes that the Peruvian military ignored CIA objections before shooting at the aircraft, but adds that “mistakes were made by the agency.”
Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who is the senior Republican on the House Intelligence committee, praised Panetta for taking the action, to give the families of the dead some peace, but expressed frustration at the mild punishments.
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.