Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BEIJING (AP) — An air of freedom has returned to the Chinese village authorities turned into a stifling prison to keep legal activist Chen Guangcheng under house arrest.
Guard posts were removed, the hired men who manned them disappeared and surveillance cameras were taken down quietly in the past week.
People in Dongshigu and an adjacent village said Thursday they feel relatively free for the first time in nearly two years.
The security had remained in place even though Chen escaped the village six weeks ago. He fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and is now in New York to study law.
Rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong says local authorities likely decided to remove the measures to head off a promised investigation by the central government.
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.