Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
More than 90 people have been reported arrested at the encampment of Occupy Oakland following an early-morning police raid in which heavy equipment — including riot gear, flash-bang grenades, and, possibly, tear gas — was used.
The 200 police officers involved also reportedly tore down the tent city near Oakland City Hall where a few hundred protesters had been living.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The police action there began at 4:45 a.m. and involved hundreds of officers from at least 10 law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Alameda County sheriff’s office and various East Bay police departments. Squads of officers had assembled at the Oakland Coliseum before traveling downtown in convoys.
At 4:50 a.m., some loud bangs were heard after officers lobbed “flash-bang” grenades, and smoke rose into the air. After a protester apparently released a smoke bomb, officers began putting on gas masks. A police helicopter flew overhead with its spotlight on.
As police made arrests, BART trains did not stop at the 12th Street City Center Station. The station reopened at about 6:30 a.m., but only the 11th Street entrance and exit is accessible.
Details are still sketchy on what exactly happened. There are unconfirmed reports that tear gas was used. The Oakland Tribune quotes an unnamed police officer saying protesters threw items including kitchen utensils at the cops. The paper also has a photo gallery of the raid that is worth checking out.
I will update this post as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Open Salon contributor Kevin Army has an interesting first-person account of the raid, including photos and video.
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott.
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.