Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Egyptians on Tuesday that “this moment of history belongs to you,” and they should use it to build on the success of the revolution that ousted the country’s longtime autocratic leaders and to embrace democratic reforms.
“Today, Egypt is rising. Egypt, the mother of the world, is now giving birth to democracy,” Clinton said.
Making her first visit to what she called the “new Egypt,” Clinton said the country’s path to elections and greater freedom will be hard work but that America will help.
The first U.S. cabinet-level official to visit Cairo since the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Clinton said the transition that is happening now is as important as the peaceful protests that toppled the entrenched leadership.
Americans were inspired by the revolution, Clinton said, adding that Egyptians should make good on it by building an inclusive society that is more open, more prosperous and more free.
“To the people of Egypt, let me say: this moment of history belongs to you,” Clinton said following talks with Egypt’s new foreign minister, Nabil al-Araby. “This is your achievement and you broke barriers and overcame obstacles to pursue the dream of democracy.”
Clinton applauded an announcement Tuesday of further dismantling of the state security apparatus and said Egypt now needs to prepare for free, fair elections to produce “leaders that will be able to respond to (your) aspirations.”
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.