Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Major world powers, including Russia, are supporting a plan by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan for a transitional government of national unity in Syria, Reuters reported.
Under the proposal, the new cabinet would include members from both sides of the Syrian conflict, but exclude those whose participation could damage its credibility – raising the possibility that President Bashar al-Assad may be left out.
The idea is to be discussed at a meeting in Geneva on Saturday, and while it doesn’t explicitly mention Assad himself, western diplomats say Russia – a long-time ally of Syria – had indicated its support to Annan.
According to an unnamed diplomat, Annan made it clear that any settlement would be irreversible, with clear transition steps fixed to a set timeline – adding the 16-month Syrian conflict could only be brought to an end when “all sides see a peaceful way to a shared future,” Reuters reported.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the Annan plan for political transition as a “great hope that this perhaps can be a turning point in the very tragic circumstances affecting the Syrian people,” the BBCreported.
Clinton will attend Saturday’s meeting, which is to include Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Meanwhile, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least a further 82 people were killed inside Syria on Wednesday, including the victims of an attack on a television station, Al Arabiya News reported.
It described the period between June 20 to 26 as the “the bloodiest week of the Syrian Revolution,” with 916 deaths.
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.