Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Khalidi, whose full title is given as “Pilot Major General,” was shot as he got out of his car in the capital’s Rukn-Eddin neighborhood, SANA news agency reported.
State television said that the “assassination” happened late on Monday, according to Agence France-Presse.
The TV report said Khalidi was killed as part of a rebel “campaign to target national personalities and scientists.”
Al-Khalidi was described as “one of Syria’s foremost experts in aviation.”
Yet activists told Al Jazeera that Khalidi was planning to defect, “so the regime got rid of him before he does that.”
As GlobalPost has reported, the Syrian air force has played a prominent role in the government’s fight against its opponents.
Just Monday, warplanes were reported to have repeatedly bombed rebel forces outside Damascus. GlobalPost correspondent Tracey Shelton says the “near constant barrage of regime attacks from the air” terrorizes civilians.
Reuters reported Tuesday that airstrikes on Damascus and other cities had resumed with “renewed intensity” since the official end of the failed Eid ceasefire.
The attack on Khalidi, if confirmed, would not be the first instance of rebels targeting senior regime officials.
In July, Syria’s defense minister, Daoud Rajha, and Assef Shawkat, his deputy and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law, were killed in a suicide bombing in Damascus.
Both the Free Syrian Army and the Islamist rebel group Liwa al-Islam claimed responsibility for that attack.
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.