Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government troops have shelled suburbs of the capital Damascus, killing at least 12 people.
Most of the deaths occurred overnight in the suburb of Douma, where regime forces fired mortars that struck a residential building, killing eight people.
Douma-based activist Mohammed Saeed and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that four people were killed in the shelling of Arbeen and Tall suburbs.
The shelling is part of a stepped-up regime offensive on rebel areas around the country. It has been one of the most serious escalations in violence since international envoy Kofi Annan brokered a peace plan that now seems to be disintegrating.
The regime and the opposition have ignored a cease-fire that was supposed to go into effect on April 12.
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.