Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors indicted a South Korean company and five of its employees on Thursday for stealing the recipe for making Kevlar body armor from the DuPont Co.
The indictment in U.S. District Court in Alexandria alleges that Kolon Industries engaged in a seven-year conspiracy to steal secrets on the manufacturing process for Kevlar and a similar product called Twaron produced by a large Japanese chemical company, Teijin Limited.
Kolon would hire current and former DuPont employees as “consultants” who would provide confidential information about Kevlar, including its polymerization process and details of the manufacturing process, according to the indictment. Kevlar is made at a factory in Richmond.
Kolon used those secrets to improve its process for making Heracron, a product that competes with Kevlar, according to the indictment.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Neil MacBride planned a press conference Thursday to announce the charges..
Several longtime DuPont employees are identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the indictment who received payments of up to $143,000 to engage in the scheme, according to court records. One of the former employees, Michael Mitchell, has already been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the scheme.
Last year in Richmond, a civil jury awarded DuPont a $920 million judgment against Kolon, which is appealing the verdict and also fighting an injunction that would bar it from selling Heracron in the U.S. for 20 years.
In addition to the criminal charges against the company, five of its employees have also been charged: Jong-Hyun Choi, a vice president; In-Sik Han, a deputy vice president; Ju-Wan Kim, a business manager; Kyeong-Hwan Rho, who headed a technical team; and Young-Soo Seo, a business manager.
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.