Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Interior Ministry says a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent was convicted on terrorism charges and sentenced to life in prison.
A ministry statement says 53-year-old Omar Rashad Khalil was accused of assisting al-Qaida and was convicted of financing terrorist activities in Iraq.
The ministry says Khalil is an architectural engineer and is also known as Abu Mohammed. He was sentenced by Baghdad’s central criminal court on Wednesday.
Iraqi government officials could not be reached for more details Thursday. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad declined immediate comment.
The Sunni-dominated al-Qaida in Iraq has for years sought to undermine Iraq’s Shiite-led government with large-scale attacks that target security forces and Shiites almost every month.
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.