Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MADRID (AP) — Spain observed its National Day festivities in somber mood on Friday as the traditional military pageant was scaled back to cut costs.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia presided over a much reduced parade that featured none of the usual fighter jets or tanks. Instead, on offer were 2,600 marching soldiers, 50 armored cars and seven trainer aircraft normally used for displays.
Spain is under pressure to fix its finances as it struggles through a recession. The belt-tightening has increased tension between the central government and the semi-autonomous regions, where some dismissed Friday’s holiday.
Twelve schools in the populous Catalonia region ignored the festivities as they refused to acknowledge a holiday that highlights Spanish unity over regional identities.
“We feel Catalan, we have nothing to celebrate,” said Luis Plana, a parent-teacher association spokesman.
Some 6,000 people nevertheless gathered in downtown Barcelona to wave Spanish flags and express their desire to remain both Catalans and part of Spain. Many draped themselves in Spanish national colors and carried banners saying “We are all Catalonia.”
Around 100 pro-Catalan separatists shadowed the Barcelona gathering, jeering and shouting abuse. A line of police kept the two groups apart, though one person was slightly hurt in a minor scuffle, police and emergency services said.
October 12 is celebrated as the day Christopher Columbus discovered America in the name of the Spanish Crown.
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.