Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pro-Hamas bloc has won control of a union representing Palestinians working for a UN agency in Gaza.
The bloc won 25 out of 27 union seats in a late Monday vote among 10,000 staffers with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency.
The development underscores Hamas’ influence among Gaza’s professionals even though it has been criticized lately for ignoring the needs of the poor.
It may also increase tensions between the U.N. agency and Hamas. The U.N. has tried to curb Hamas’ power over the union in the past. A U.N. spokesman declined to comment.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since seizing power in 2007. It sees the U.N. as a rival to its dominance, because the agency runs schools, clinics and provides food to many in the coastal territory.
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.