Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MADRID (AP) — What’s it worth to reign in Spain?
Spain’s royal palace released a breakdown of the royal family’s finances for the first time Wednesday, saying King Juan Carlos earns euro292,552 ($382,597) a year and his son, crown Prince Felipe, roughly half that amount.
The palace said that of the monarch’s gross income, just under half was personal salary and the rest was designated for expenses. The king pays 40 percent in tax on the total sum.
Queen Sofia and the princesses Cristina, Elena and Letizia receive euro370,000 ($483,553) between them, while Felipe earns euro146,375 ($191,297).
The palace is assigned an annual budget by Parliament. It totaled euro8.4 million ($11 million) in 2011.
The royal family promised recently to release the information as part of the king’s commitment to making his household’s accounts transparent. The figures were posted on the palace website http://www.casareal.com.
The release comes as the king’s son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin, husband of Cristina, is reportedly suspected of siphoning funds from public contracts awarded from 2004 to 2006 to a nonprofit foundation he then headed.
Although Urdangarin has not been charged, the allegations have put the royal family in the spotlight at a time of hardship and economic crisis for many people in Spain, where unemployment stands at 21.5 percent.
In his yearly Christmas speech, the king expressed concern over what he described as the declining confidence among Spaniards in public institutions, a remark seen as a reference to the scandal.
The palace had its budget cut this year by around 5 percent and palace employees, including the king, had their salaries cut by up to 15 percent last year as part of a government austerity plan.
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.