Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as anti-American sentiment boils in Islamic countries like Egypt, lawmakers are moving to permit billions of dollars in foreign aid to be spent as part of a government-wide funding bill set to clear Congress this week.
In the case of Egypt, turmoil since the overthrow of U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS’-nee moo-BAH’-rahk), early last year has meant long delays in releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in economic aid approved over the past several years.
A violent mob assault at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo certainly hasn’t helped efforts to release already-approved funds, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday denied a media report that said U.S. talks with Egypt on speeding release of the aid are on hold until after the election.
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.