Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge is overruling government objections and approving a bankruptcy exit plan for failed solar power company Solyndra LLC.
Under the plan approved Monday, the Department of Energy stands to recover little if any of a $528 million loan to Solyndra from the Obama administration.
The plan meanwhile allows two private equity funds that control Solyndra to potentially reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks after Solyndra emerges from bankruptcy, using the company’s net operating losses to offset future income.
The judge rejected arguments by the Internal Revenue Service that the plan could not be approved because its principal purpose is tax avoidance. She also overruled the DOE’s objection that the plan failed to protect the agency’s interest in pre-bankruptcy collateral.
A government appeal is likely.
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.