Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MADRID (AP) — A government official says the European Central Bank’s offer to buy bonds has lowered Spain’s borrowing costs and taken the heat off the country to seek a bailout in the short term.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy, said pressure on Spain has eased given the positive investor reaction to the ECB’s offer and the fact that Treasury has already covered most of its 2012 borrowing needs.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reiterated Wednesday he saw no immediate need to ask for help but did not rule it out in the future.
Spain, which is in a double-dip recession and has an unemployment rate of 25 percent, has been under pressure to tap the bond-buying program since it was announced in September.
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.