Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. suffered a fall in third quarter profit versus the previous quarter after strikes dented vehicle production.
South Korea’s largest automaker said Thursday net profit fell 15 percent from the April-June quarter to 2.16 trillion won ($1.96 billion). It was Hyundai’s first sequential drop in quarterly profit in a year.
The result, which matched forecasts, was still a 13 percent rise over a year earlier.
Its operating profit fell 18 percent from the second quarter to 2.05 trillion won on revenue of 19.65 trillion won.
The maker of Avante cars blamed reduced output and lower demand in the South Korean market for the quarter to quarter fall.
Hyundai’s labor union in South Korea staged walkouts in July and August. Hyundai estimated the labor union’s refusal to work some regular and overnight shifts resulted in lost output of 82,000 vehicles worth $1.5 billion.
Despite reduced sales at home, Hyundai said its overall car sales between January and September rose 8 percent over a year earlier to 3.18 million vehicles, thanks to higher sales in U.S. and Europe.
Operating profit during the nine months rose 15 percent over a year earlier to 6.84 trillion won and its net profit expanded 17 percent to 7.16 trillion won.
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.